James, Cavs edge series lead in double-OT thriller
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – LeBron James put together one of the
great postseason performances in NBA history as he willed Cleveland past
Detroit, 109-107, in double overtime to take the pivotal Game 5 of the Eastern
Conference finals at The Palace.
James scored a playoff career-high 48 points, pulled down nine rebounds and
dished out seven assists for the Cavaliers, who won their third straight in
the series to take a 3-2 lead. The superstar scored the final 25 points of the
game for Cleveland and netted all 18 points the team scored in the two extra
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 points and eight boards before fouling out.
Richard Hamilton tallied 26 points for the Pistons, who now face elimination.
Game 6 of the set is scheduled for Saturday in Cleveland.
Chauncey Billups chipped in with 21 points and seven rebounds while Chris
Webber finished with 20 points and seven boards.