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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Throwback Dunk Battle: LeBron James vs. Jason Maxiell

Exactly two players remain from the last postseason meeting between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons. And even then, their tenure is based upon a technicality, as both holdovers, LeBron James and Mo Williams, actually left Cleveland for a handful of years before their collective return (with Williams once again following James back into town).

Game 1 on Sunday (3:00, ABC) marks the continuation of a modern playoff rivalry that initially kicked off in 2006 and carried on for three series before the Pistons waded into the post-Chauncy abyss.

As a means of getting ourselves primed for this afternoon’s Pistons-Cavs showdown, here’s a look back at one of our favorite moments, from the 2007 Eastern Conference  Finals, featuring James and long-time dunk machine Jason Maxiell (well before his loony international antics).

For what it’s worth, Maxiell edged James four dunks to two in less than a quarter’s worth of work. Bonus: Maxiell’s 15 points, six rebounds, and two blocks propelled the Pistons to a 79-76 Game 2 victory.

Unfortunately, this contest also doubled as Detroit’s last win of the year (yes, this was the series with THAT performance from James).

Time to make some new memories.

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Ryan Van Dusenhttps://detroitsportsnation.com
Ryan is a Farmington native who enjoys all things basketball, particularly when it involves the Detroit Pistons. He spends much of his free time combing through NBA archives and curating footage of meaningless late-90's regular season performances for mass consumption.

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