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Not going out quietly

Not going out quietly
Compiled from Times wires

CLEVELAND - LeBron James made a new guarantee: Game 6.

With Cleveland's wondrous season on the line, James had 37 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists, and Mo Williams, who boldly predicted his team would come back and win this tight-as-can-be series, added 24 points in the Cavaliers' 112-102 victory over the Orlando Magic in Game 5 on Thursday night.

It's back to Florida for Game 6 on Saturday at amped-up Amway Arena.

You expected anything else?

The Magic overcame a 22-point deficit but missed its first opportunity to close out the Cavaliers, who are trying to become just the ninth team since 1947 to rally and win a series after being down 3-1. Orlando will have two more tries to reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995.

Hedo Turkoglu led the Magic with 29 points, and Dwight Howard had 24 with 10 rebounds.

The Magic narrowed the 22-point gap to one by halftime, 56-55. By the end of the third quarter, the Magic led by one, 79-78.

But led by James and Williams, the Cavs pulled away in the late stages of the fourth quarter. Williams hit six 3-pointers on the night.

Magic -Cavs draw eyes: The surprising Eastern Conference final have delivered strong ratings for TNT.

Through the first four games of the Cavaliers- Magic series, the network was averaging a 5.2 national rating, up 27 percent from last year, when it carried the Western Conference finals between the Lakers and Spurs.

Orlando's 116-114 overtime victory Tuesday that gave the Magic a 3-1 lead over the top-seeded Cavaliers drew 10.1 million viewers, making it the most watched NBA playoff game in cable TV history. The Lakers and Denver Nuggets drew 9.9 million for ESPN for Game 4 of their series.

Female official: Violet Palmer will become coordinator of women's Basketball officials for the West Coast Conference and continue to officiate in the NBA, where she has worked for 12 seasons. Palmer became the first woman to officiate a major U.S. professional sport when she made her NBA debut on Oct. 31, 1997. She has spent the last 12 seasons in the NBA, and officiated four playoff games and more than 700 regular season games. She also worked in the CBA and WNBA.

Barkley speaks: TNT analyst Charles Barkley, also a former 76er, gave the team his advice on who should be the next coach. "I think Eddie Jordan would be a fine choice," Barkley said. The Hall of Famer also said he is still not gambling after being sued by a Las Vegas casino for $400,000 in unpaid markers, but he might again someday. Barkley, who was arrested for DUI on New Year's Eve, said he's drinking, but not drinking and driving. "I like to drink. I haven't missed the gambling to be honest with you. I needed to take a break from gambling because I was losing," he said. Barkley said he has missed making bets during football season. "I'm going to start gambling again whenever I get ready, to be honest with you. I like to gamble," he said.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 29, 2009


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