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May 21, 2009
by Ryan Hudson
The Eastern Conference finals began last night, with Game 1 in Cleveland, and while the Magic certainly made things interesting near the end, LeBron James came through at the end, made some clutch free throws, led the way with 49 points, and the Cavaliers hung on for the win ... Huh? What's that
? Well, that didn't quite go according to plan.
Trailing by 14 points after the 1st quarter, and down 15 at the half, another dominating Cavs' win seemed inevitable. But then the Magic began to claw their way back into it, knocked down some three's, and next thing you knew, they were up with just minutes to play. A Rashard Lewis three with just 14.7 seconds left put Orlando up for good, and stunned both the Cavs and their fans.
The official name is Quicken Loans Arena, but that corporate stuffiness doesn't fly here. It's all about The Q. It's all about noise that makes your ears shake, rattle and roll — an homage to a neighbor just down the street, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
They do music here, too. Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" during pre-game. "Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolph.
And then the Magic had a little sumpin'-sumpin' for the Cavaliers: I'd suggest "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.
So, can the Magic continue this play, and get to the NBA FInals?
Ha. Good one. This is the NBA. Stern won't let that happen.
Magic stun LeBron, Cavaliers 107-106 in Game 1 - AP
Magic turn the Q into mausoleum - Orlando Sentinel
Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images