Round: Eastern Conference Semifinals
Dates: May 6-May 18
Winner: Celtics, 4-3
The Big Three took the league by storm in their first season together, winning 66 games and looking primed for Boston's first title run in ages. But in yet another display of defiance, LeBron James gave them all they could handle, leading Cleveland to consecutive victories to match the Celtics at 2-2.

After trading wins again, everything came down to a Game 7 in Boston, where James and Paul Pierce did their best impression of 'Nique and Bird, with 45 and 41 points respectively. The Celtics would advance to the Conference Finals and eventually a championship, but the legend of LeBron James continued to grow.