Updated: June 6, 2006, 12:23 PM ET

DAILY DIME: SPECIAL EDITION
Best snapshots: East playoffs

Shaquille O'Neal

Detroit at Miami, Game 4, conference finals (May 29): The Big Smoove showed his moves on this one-man fast break. Shaq sank the layup as Lindsey Hunter scrambled out of harm's way. (Doug Benc/Getty Images)




The Feeling Of Rejection
Ben and Shaq
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Miami at Detroit, Game 5, conference finals (May 31): Big Ben meets Big Diesel. The result was a face full of leather for Shaq, while Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace got a rare moment of satisfaction in Detroit's surprising ouster at the hands of the Heat.


The Winning Hoop

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Washington at Cleveland, Game 5, first round (May 3): LeBron James' one-on-three baseline layup beats the Wiz 121-120 in OT.


Home On The Range

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Cleveland at Washington, Game 6, first round (May 5): Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas, who is never out of his range, sinks a 35-foot jumper to send Game 6 into overtime. The Cavs won 114-113 in OT.


Out Of Nowhere

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Cleveland at Washington, Game 6, first round (May 5): Having not yet played a full minute, Damon Jones launches the shot that ended up giving the Cavs a 114-113 OT win to clinch the series.



Flash Flies

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Detroit at Miami, Game 4, conference finals (May 29): D-Wade's acrobatic and-one built a four-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 4, and the Pistons never caught the Heat again.



Hail Yes
LeBron James
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Washington at Cleveland, Game 1, first round (April 22): LeBron James turned hype into reality when he posted a triple double in his first playoff game and led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first playoff series victory in 13 years.


Top 'Sheed

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Cleveland at Detroit, Game 2, conference semifinals (May 9): The Pistons' Rasheed Wallace embodied the highs and lows of the East playoffs, coming in with the best team, making a failed Guaran-'Sheed, spraining his ankle and ending his season in defeat.

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Down And Almost Out
Vince Carter
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Miami at New Jersey, Game 4, conference semifinals (May 14): Vince Carter and the Nets entered the playoffs a hot team and were picked by many to upset the Miami Heat when the second round began. By the end of Game 4, the Heat had a 3-1 lead and New Jersey's optimism was sunk.


Prophetic Message From The King

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Cleveland at Washington, Game 6, first round (May 5): LeBron tells Gilbert Arenas that if he misses these OT free throws, the game is over. The Wiz led 113-112 with 15 seconds left. Arenas misses. Then Damon swishes. Wiz lose.

 

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