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Often seen as the East’s third best team, the Magic took down the cagey Celtics and the mighty Cavaliers to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995, completing the odyssey Saturday night with a 103-90 win over the Cavs in Game 6.
LeBron James went 8-20 from the field, finishing with 25 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. LeBron’s effort all series just wasn’t enough, and it has national writers calling for LeBron to “get more help.” The Cavs were dubbed the clear favorites to win it all, so why does LeBron all of a sudden need more help?
Delonte West scored 22 points in 47 minutes and Mo Williams added 17 points, but it was just enough. The loss all but guarantees, in my mind, that LeBron will leave Cleveland as a free agent in the 2010 offseason.
The win certifies Dwight Howard as a top league star, and Stan Van Gundy as a pretty damn good coach, despite his absurd facial reactions and sideline tirades.
The NBA Finals begin Thursday night with the Magic and Lakers squaring off at the Staples Center.