Magic Stun Cavs in the ECF Opener. Overcome LeBron’s New Playoff Record. »

May 21, 2009 at 6:50 am | lebron-jamesnba-basketball

They say a series doesn’t really begin until a team loses a game on its home floor. For the Cavaliers and Magic – the Eastern Conference Finals have begun. The Cavaliers, who had been unscathed by adversity through the first two rounds of the 2009 postseason, finally got a taste of it on Wednesday night – blowing a 15-point halftime lead and dropping a home heartbreaker to Orlando in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Wednesday’s loss spoiled a herculean effort by LeBron – who eclipsed his previous playoff high with 49 points, going 20-for-30 from the floor with a team-high eight assist, six boards, three blocked shots and a pair of steals. “Nobody said it was going to be easy,” reasoned James. “It’s one game, and if we just look at it and just one game and we just move on to the next game, then we’ll be fine.” LeBron now has 26 career postseason games of 30 or more points and the Cavaliers are 19-7 in those contests. He’s cracked the 40-point mark six times (4-2) in the playoffs. On Wednesday night, James set team records for points in a half (26), points in a game (49), field goals made (20).

Dwight Howard did his best Shaquille O’Neal impression one minute into the first quarter when he followed a Courtney Lee miss with a two-handed dunk that brought down the shot-clock stanchion above the basket. The destruction caused a nine-minute delay while two portable shot clocks were rolled out to opposite baselines for the remainder of the first half. “(Van Gundy) told us at halftime, ?we are all witnesses,'” said Dwight Howard. “That’s what he said to us, and it really motivated us when said y’all playing like y’all witnesses. He has a great way of motivating all of us. And that right there, you know, brought some fire out of us.” The Cavaliers came into Wednesday’s game with the lowest scoring bench in the 2009 playoffs and, unfortunately, they didn’t get much on Wednesday night, either. Joe Smith notched five points on 2-for-3 shooting, but he was the only reserve to crack the scoring column.

Photos Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE via Getty Images. Photos by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images, Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images, Gregory Shamus/Getty Images, Elsa/Getty Images.

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  • Afro_Angel_868

    the cavs did a great game but then the magic team make it all happen to push the cavs of to their limits anyways its just a 1 point game but its still gain a momentum to the orlando magic for winning the EFC game 1 opener in cavs homecourt, nevertheless King jmaes and his team will rise for game 2 and this is definitely the 1st and last win of the magics in this series ;)

  • Curtis J

    Man the CAVS had that game on lock everything was going good for them and for them to lose was so upsetting that pissed me off so much I thought after losing to the magic by 41 even though they lost by 15 that would be enough to sweep them but I guess not but rather it be now than later

  • Tristan Ognibene

    LeBron suucks e-mail me at t_ogni.33@hotmail.com and I will show Kobe is better. He sucks the Cavs suck. GO LAKERS! KOBE IS THE BEST!

  • NEEK

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  • gogolbj

    [quote comment=”30509″]LeBron suucks e-mail me at t_ogni.33@hotmail.com and I will show Kobe is better. He sucks the Cavs suck. GO LAKERS! KOBE IS THE BEST![/quote]
    How about you suck bitch!

  • AKOO

    hey asshole go post that shit toilet paper and wipe your ass with it

  • D’ren

    okay.. okay… you see, the CAVS should’ve fouled Rashard Lewis before banking one game winning three-pointer… that’s a big mistake(allowing rashard to hit a three)… If they fouled him, they should,ve had a chance to ice it.. or even go to OT.. I also believe that allowing lebron to roam around the arc or even 20ft. around the basket is a no no.. LBJ might be fast but alston has a faster clutch skills than lebron’s feet… you see alston was lebron’s man that night… I wish mike brown played booby more cause he can take Lee down with he’s clutch shots… don’t worry guys.. CAVS will win the championship..

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  • Lbjg23

    great pics… what was up with the man purse tho BRON??

  • Tristan

    yea u thought the Cavs would win the chamionship, but wait they didn’t even make it pass the magic!! They don’t suck, lebron is good, BUT THE MAGIC ARE BETTER!!!!!!!!!!

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