LeBron James was still playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2006 – 2007 season. James, as the Cavs’ superstar, led his team throughout the regular season and into the NBA Playoffs. At this point in time, LeBron was adored in Cleveland and was considered to be one of the best players in the entire NBA. the Cavaliers enjoyed a solid 2006 – 2007 season, and did well early on in the NBA Playoffs.
Cleveland cruised through the playoffs to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they faced Detroit. After 4 games, the series was tied 2:2. Game 5 was scheduled to be played in Detroit, and LeBron entered game 5 with a chip on his shoulder. young and motivated, desperately wanted to help Cleveland take the lead against the fierce Pistons.
But the fact that the game was at Detroit made things much tougher – especially mentally. Detroit had the home court advantage. Usually this gives teams the mental edge. And maybe Detroit did have the mental edge over most of Cleveland players . But even if the other members of the Cavs were a bit daunted, LeBron was very clearly was not one bit intimidated.
Game 5 started with the Pistons taking the early lead. At the end of the first quarter, they led the Cavs by a score of 29 to 23. In the second quarter, the Cavaliers regained a little bit of ground, outscoring the Pistons. When the teams went into the locker rooms at halftime, Detroit had a one point lead, 52-51.
The battle between the teams continued, both teams hungry for the Eastern Conference title as well as a chance to play in the NBA Finals. At the end of the third quarter, the game was tied at 70 points apiece.
LeBron was already playing very solid basketball, but in the final stretch of the game, he proved why he is a top-tier player. he recorded an epic performance, literally exploding at the end of the game.
LeBron carried his team, playing solid basketball throughout the game and keeping the pace very fast whenever he had the ball. he was especially on fire in the paint, as he made layup after dunk after layup after dunk… you get the point. he was going to do anything and everything in his power to help his team take the lead in the series.
At the end of regulation, the game was tied, 91-91, sending it to OT. And again, after the first OT, both teams were tied with 100 points each.
The second OT period also seemed like it would end in a deadlock tie. However, not if LeBron had anything to say about it. he scored a tight layup with about 2 seconds remaining on the clock. This layup gave his team the edge, and the Cavaliers claimed the win, 109 :107 . With this win, the Cavs went ahead in the series 3-2, and would eventually go on to win the Eastern Conference Finals.
During game 5, LeBron scored an unbelievable 48 points! he made 18 of 33 attempted field goals and was 10-14 from the foul line. He also contributed 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.
If the 48 points James scored aren’t enough to impress you.. if you’re the sort who isn’t impressed enough with an almost 50-point performance by a single player…. if you harbored any doubts that LeBron carried his team in this game, please take a moment to consider these statistics. Once the Cleveland Cavaliers reached 82 points, LeBron James was the only scoring factor for the Cavs. LeBron scored 29 of his team’s final 30 points! LeBron James – alone – scored the Cav’s final 25 points. No other Cavalier scored in OT. Only legendary players are able to to this sort of thing! What a performance!!
And 48 points!?! No wonder Cleveland was so upset when he left town!