Motown Stunned

LeBron James lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers within a win of the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history.

James scored a career playoff-high 48 points - including 29 of his team's final 30 - to give Cleveland a 109-107 double-overtime victory Thursday night over the Detroit Pistons and a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

James made a go-ahead layup with 2.2 seconds left and Detroit's Chauncey Billups missed a shot in the lane on the ensuing possession.

The Pistons blew a seven-point lead with 3:15 left in regulation and lost the third straight game in the series after winning the first two at home.

Game 6 is Saturday night in Cleveland and if necessary, Game 7 will be Monday night back at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The San Antonio Spurs, who eliminated Utah on Wednesday, have a week off before hosting Game 1 of the NBA finals.

By: Marc Young - theSpread.com - Email Us

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