ORLANDO -- To understand who the Orlando Magic are and how they happen to be ruining the money-making hopes of everyone vested in a
They were down by a point to the best team in the league, and the ball was in the hands of a shooter who was 1-of-5 entering the fourth quarter.
"We've lost two games off inbounds plays,'' said
Another way of looking at it is the No. 1-seeded Cavaliers are one big second away from being swept, saved as they were in Game 2 by James' buzzer-beating three. As enduring as that shot will be in the highlight reel of LeBron's career, Lewis is having the better of it in this series, having also stolen Game 1 on a last-moment three that no longer seems at all lucky now.
On Tuesday night in Game 4, Lewis' shot did leave James with 4.1 seconds remaining to make up Cleveland's two-point deficit. He drove right-handed into the flank of
The clincher was provided in the post by 6-foot-11, 265-pound
The run-up to this crucial game began with Cleveland's beleaguered All-Star point guard
Mismatches are becoming the death of Cleveland. Cavs guard
Now we've reached the point of reminding everyone the Cavaliers will be difficult to put away. James had another terrific night overall with 44 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, but he played the entire second half and OT, and in the 17 minutes of the final two periods he committed seven turnovers. "The ball is in my hand a lot and I may have a few turnovers, but I have to figure out how to not have eight,'' said James of his final number. "Eight is unacceptable for me. Fatigue has nothing to do with it.''
There were so many positive signs all night long for Cleveland, which benefited from strong bounce-back games by West (17 points) and
"It is no time to celebrate,'' said Howard. "We've really got to be focused going into Cleveland because it is probably going to be the hardest game of the season.''
It surely will be, but it's nothing that a few more threes can't overcome.