Cleveland Makes NBA Finals

LeBron carries team past Pistons
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2007 2:25 PM CDT
Cleveland Makes NBA Finals
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James ends up on the scorers' table after being forced out of bounds in the second quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Detroit Pistons, Saturday, June 2, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)   (Associated Press)

The Cleveland Cavaliers dug deep to beat Detroit in the conference finals, sending uberstar LeBron James to his first NBA Finals. "This is probably the best feeling that I've ever had in my life,"  James gushed. The longtime punchline Cavs found rare energy to come back from 0-2 in the best-of-seven series.

The rally by team James hit its stride when the small forward scored 48 points in the double-overtime game 5. Rookie Daniel Gibson added support, scoring 31 points in deciding game 6. “Something had to go right for Cleveland sports,” said James. The city hasn’t had a champion since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964—20 years before her newest star was born. (More basketball stories.)

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