LeBron delivered a signature performance in the Cavaliers' 109-107 double-overtime victory that gave them a 3-2 series lead. He finished with 48 points, including Cleveland's final 25, and added nine rebounds and seven assists in 50 minutes.
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James had been knocked earlier in the series for deferring to teammates, but on this night he was the only Cavalier to make a field goal in the final 17:48 and the only one to score in the last 12:49.
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Chauncey Billups said the Pistons "threw everything we had at him," but James still made 18-of-33 from the field and converted all three of his three-point attempts.
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LeBron rallied the Cavs from a seven-point deficit in the final 3:15 of regulation. Cleveland won its third consecutive game to set up the same scenario as in last season's conference semifinals against the Pistons, when the Cavs also won Game 5 on the road to take a 3-2 lead. The Pistons came back to win the final two games in that series.
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After making 12-of-34 shots (35.3 percent) in the Cavs' two series-opening losses, LeBron rebounded to connect on 38-of-73 (52.1 percent) in the three victories.
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James' 50-minute tour de force put the Cavs on the brink of the first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history.
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