AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- LeBron James used one of the most spectacular performances in playoff history to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to the verge of their greatest season.
James' career playoff-high 48 points -- including 29 of his team's final 30 -- carried the Cavaliers to within a win of the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history with a 109-107 double-overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.
James made a go-ahead layup with 2.2 seconds left, and Detroit's Chauncey Billups missed a shot in the lane on the ensuing possession.
The Pistons blew a seven-point lead with 3:15 left in regulation and lost the third straight game in the series after winning the first two at home.
Game 6 is Saturday night in Cleveland.