“He told us at halftime we were all witnesses. That’s what he said to us, and it really motivated us when he said y’all playing like y’all witnesses.” – Dwight Howard.
That’s what Dwight Howard said Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy told them at halftime after LeBron James scored 26 first-half points in leading the Cavaliers to a 15-point lead at the break.
The Magic listened.
Instead of folding up shop, the Magic came back to stun the Cavaliers, 107-106, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
For those who have been sleeping under a rock, James’ Nike campaign uses the word “Witness” to indicate how special he is. He showed it Wednesday in scoring a career-playoff high 49 points.
Now after the game, Van Gundy said he doesn’t have a clue on how to stop James, but as long as he can motivate his team the way he did Wednesday night, the Magic will give the Cavaliers all they can handle in this series.