LeBron and the Cavaliers Struggle on the Road and Drop Game 3 »

May 25, 2009 at 10:19 am | lebron-jamesnba-basketball

The Cavaliers ran out to large leads in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, but on Sunday night in Orlando, they fell behind early and were never able to recover. LeBron James led everyone with 41 points, but there weren’t any late-game heroics in store for the league’s MVP in the Magic Kingdom as the Wine and Gold dropped a physical 99-89 decision to fall behind, 1-2, in their seven-game series against the Magic. Sunday’s game was marked by a procession to the line by both teams, although the Magic made 51 trips to the stripe – canning 39 free throws, 25 by Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu. Both Cavalier big men – Anderson Varejao and Zydrunas Ilgauskas – fouled out in the fourth quarter. Neither Varejao nor Ilgauskas shot well from the floor – combining to go 4-for-12 from the floor. And the Cavaliers didn’t get much relief from their backcourt. The starting combination of Mo Williams and Delonte West went a combined 10-for-26 from the field.

Mo and LeBron combined to go 4-for-18 from beyond the arc, where the Cavaliers shot less than 20 percent as a team. LeBron was 11-for-28 from the floor and 18-of-24 from the line, adding a game-high nine assists and seven boards to go with two steals and a block. Mo came back from taking four stitches to his eye to notch 15 points and West rounded out the Cavaliers and double-figures with a dozen points. “We’re very confident – I know I am as an individual,” reasoned James. “I make sure our team is. We will get ready for Game 4 and play the same intensity basketball that we played tonight. Hopefully a few shots can go in and a few of theirs can come out.” In five career Eastern Conference Finals games at home, LeBron James is now averaging 32.2 on .495 shooting, 8.2 rebounds and 8.0 assists. This postseason, LeBron surpassed Tracy McGrady for fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list at 28.8 ppg. He now trails only Michael Jordan (33.4), Allen Iverson (29.7) and Jerry West (29.1). In 125 minutes of floor time in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals, James has scored 125 points.

Photos Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE via Getty Images. Photos by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images, Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images, Sam Greenwood/Getty Images.

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  • AKOO

    cavs team need to f?n step up they are puttin the complete load on lebrons shoulders. They need to man up and not be bitches. lebron with 41 and second williams with 15 wtf.

  • AKOO

    The way the cavs are playing im not surprised that he might go to NY atleast he will have david lee an actual center not a center that plays like a shooting gaurd and gets less boards than the SF.

  • iGotShoes

    I cant believe this sh*t the cavs r falling off! will someone tell Mo Will that these games f*cking count! wake his ass up plz!

  • AKOO

    its not just mo the rest of the team is not doing its job freaken i swear think they can sit back

  • Afro_Angel_868

    the saga continues between the king and his team its a close game but the magic give their a game to put on a show for the cavs this series is a tight one compare to the other 2 teams that the cavs has sweep but still the cavs needs to focus on something to even up the series once again GO CAVS ITS YER TIME :cool:

  • mOe23

    Damn! the Cavs in game 3 are like the same cavs last NBA finals vs Spurs. All scoring load are on James, not much of bench pt/team production. James right now might be feeling the fatigue playing 40+ mins. I’m worried if Cavs can even the series in game 4.

  • jr_lyon

    I am so disappointed in the Cavs! Lebron can’t win the games for him. He had a bad game last night and still scored 41. I honestly feel bad for Lebron. It’s like his team is giving up. I’m afraid if the Cavs don’t make it to the finals this year Lebron won’t stick around. I don’t ever want to see Lebron leave the Cavs but unfortunately he might not have a choice. If they don’t win it all this year I don’t think they ever will.

  • jr_lyon

    P.S. I DON’T WANT THE COLOR OF HIS SHOES TO CHANGE!!!!!!!!!! I DON’T WANT NO NEW YORK KNICKS COLORED LEBRON’S. THEY ARE STRAIGHT BUT FUGLY!!! SO IF HE DOES MOVE ON I HOPE THEY STILL RELEASE HIS SHOES IN CAVALIERS COLORS OTHERWISE……DAMN!!!!!

  • linlihao

    make a change!beat magic!
    cavs is champ

  • AKOO

    haha i like that but they would have to def change the colors… IT would suck cuz i got everything cavs so i would have to change up everything to knicks or nets

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