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Cleveland's Comeback

CLEVELAND (AP) -- With a helping hand from a teammate even younger than him, LeBron James pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers as close as they've ever been to an NBA title.

James scored 25 points -- 13 in the fourth quarter -- and rookie Daniel Gibson added a season-high 21 as the Cavaliers evened the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 91-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 4 Tuesday night.

The 21-year-old Gibson made 12 free throws, Drew Gooden added 19 points and Eric Snow hit a crucial free throw in the final seconds for the Cavaliers, who have never played in the finals, and now need two victories to get there.

Game 5 is Thursday night in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The Cavs are making just their third visit to the conference finals, and each time they've been tied 2-2 before losing in six games. When he was drafted, James promised to bring the championship-starved city a title and he's closing in on one quicker than anyone expected.

Chauncey Billups scored 23 points, Rip Hamilton 19 and Tayshaun Prince 15 for the Pistons, who needed last-second wins to go up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series and are suddenly the team looking for answers.

 

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Drew Gooden, PF 23 5-9 0-0 2-2 1 7 8 0 0 1 1 2 12
LeBron James, SF 32 4-13 1-4 3-4 0 3 3 8 3 0 3 0 12
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C 25 3-5 0-0 3-4 1 5 6 0 0 0 3 1 9
Larry Hughes, SG 16 1-6 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 2
Sasha Pavlovic, GF 32 1-6 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 3
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Donyell Marshall, F 8 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
Damon Jones, PG 4 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
Anderson Varejao, FC 15 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 3 2
Daniel Gibson, G 23 4-7 1-4 11-11 0 3 3 2 1 0 3 3 20
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
21-51 4-12 19-23 2 24 26 12 6 1 10 17 65
41.2% 33.3% 82.6% Team TO (pts off): 10 (11)
 

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