Things were chippy early on and the Pacers were actually able to limit the Heat on the offensive end through the first 24 minutes of action in this pivotal Game 5 affair. However, after the halftime break, Miami was certainly ready to make adjustments, scoring 30 points in the third quarter in comparison to the 40 they totaled in the first two.
The most notable reason as to their third quarter success was none other the league’s MVP — LeBron James.
James, who had 11 points at halftime, poured in 19 after the break, finishing the game with 30 points on 13-of-26 shooting. A couple jump shots began falling and fans across the nation could certainly feel the vibe that Miami was picking up momentum as the third quarter rolled along.
After the team’s 90-79 victory however, James took to the podium to shed light on his performance in Game 5. He said, “I kind of just went back to my Cleveland days…just see if the guys would follow me & lead ’em the best I could.”
Well, Cleveland Cavaliers‘ fans might feel a bit wiry after hearing LeBron’s quote, especially considering that they never won a title while he donned their uniform. Either way, it’s an interesting line.
The Heat’s win on Thursday night gave them a 3-2 series edge, but things will swing back to Indiana for Game 6, as the Pacers hope to force a Game 7 back in South Beach early next week.
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