Much like game 1, the Magic fell behind big early being down 43-20 at one point in the second quarter. But as they’ve done all season long, they crawled their way back possession by possession to get back in the game.
The almost did it, the Orlando Magic were one second away from going up 2-0 in the best of series verse the overall number one seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The effort however fell short on MVP LeBron James buzzer beating three pointer over a harrassing Hedo Turkoglu with a second to go to put the Cavs back into this series and tied 1-1 instead of being down 0-2 and heading to the Sunshine State for games three and four.
With a little over 14 seconds left in the game, Hedo Turkoglue isolated Sasha Pavlovic to hit what seemed to be the potential game winning field goal. Hedo’s only fault, he left one second on the clock for LeBron to hit that game winning three.
After a Cavs timeout, Hedo had the assisgnment of guarding the King, LeBron juked like he wanted to go for the lob but Hedo did a great job of not letting him. So LeBron pulled back and got the pass from inbounder Mo Williams. James went up with the shot and hit what is going to be one of the most memorables shot’s in the young LeBron’s career and should rank amongst the tops in all time playoff buzzer beaters.
When you look at the big picture, the Magic came in to the Q and did what they wanted to do. Take home court and split the series. Yes, the “shot” by LeBron James will linger for the next couple days but they’ve been through this with Big Baby hitting that game winner in the previous series.
The series now shifts to Orlando where the Magic look to win two out of two games to put a lock on the series. But don’t overlook LeBron James and this Cavs team who showed plenty of heart in the final minutes of that heartbreaking loss for the Magic.
Dwight Howard, unlike game one, had a fairly quiet game. He did pull down 18 boards but only managed ten points as he was fouled the minute he made his move to the basket.
Game three will be played tomorrow night on TNT.