Cleveland, OH- Home sweet home. Final score Cavaliers win 88-82.
LeBron and company were welcomed back with open arms by fans from all over Northeast Ohio Sunday evening to "witness" and "rise up" for game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
James had 32 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the most important game of his young NBA career, helping Cleveland to an 88-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night to pull the Cavaliers within 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals.
James, rising to the occasion with a hometown crowd hanging on his every move, scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and rookie Daniel Gibson came up with several key plays down the stretch to help his more celebrated teammate.
In Game 1 at Detroit, James was criticized for not taking the Cavs' final shot. In Game 2, James was swarmed by defenders and couldn't get off a clean attempt in the foul lane in the waning moments of the Pistons' second straight 79-76 win.
James left nothing to chance this time, hitting a 3-pointer and a 16-foot jumper in the last 23 seconds to give Cleveland its first win in the conference finals since May 25, 1992, against Chicago.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 points, Sasha Pavlovic 13 and Drew Gooden 12 for the Cavs, who can even the series with a win in Game 4 on Tuesday night.
Rasheed Wallace had 16 points and Chris Webber 15 to pace the Pistons.
-The Associated Press contributed to this story.