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Cavaliers-Magic: Cleveland Stays Alive in Game Five

Published by on May 29, 2009

The Cleveland Cavaliers played, won and lived to see another day in front of the jam-packed Quicken Loans arena, Thursday night.

The Cavaliers pulled out an impressive 112-102 win over the resilient and seemingly over-achieving Orlando Magic to extend the series to a Game Six.

The crowd of thousands were once again witnesses to another spectacular performance by reigning MVP LeBron James.

James registered his fourth career playoff triple-double with 37 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists.

The Cavaliers jumped off to a blazing start, cementing a 22-point lead early on, but the strong-willed Magic retaliated through hard work and great defense, putting together a massive run to grab the lead early in the third quarter.

However, the Cavaliers courtesy of King James, made a furious rally in the fourth quarter.

Mo Williams, Delonte West, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas also provided solid contributions, scoring a combined 53 points.

On the other hand, seldom-used Daniel Gibson served as the X-factor and gave the Clevelanders memoirs of his excellent performance in the 2007 NBA finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

Gibson contributed 11 points off the bench, including timely three-point baskets in critical moments of the game.

On the Magic’s side, Hedo Turkoglu led the scoring parade with 29 points, while Dwight Howard added 24 points and 10 rebounds in a losing cause.

Game Six will be played Saturday night in Orlando at 8:30 E.T.

The Magic hope to close out the series at home while the Cavaliers look to force a decisive Game Seven.

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