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NBA Playoffs 2013: Miami Heat Show Vulnerability in Game 5 Win Over Indiana Pacers

Talk about a back-and-forth series! The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers have traded games throughout the Eastern Conference Finals and the defending champs took a 3-2 lead as the series shifts back to Indiana for Game 6.

LeBron James outscored the entire Pacers team 16-13 in the third quarter to give the Heat a boost after a lackluster first half and then some questionable calls allowed Miami to pull away. After the whole flopping fiasco in Game 4, is anyone surprised?

Indiana played well, but foul trouble kept George Hill out for much of the second half and that proved very costly for the Pacers on offense. If the blue and gold can play well on offense at home, there will be a Game 7, but it’s tough to win in Miami.

The strangest part was the Heat looking like the Cleveland Cavaliers when LeBron played for his hometown team in that he carried the squad throughout the second half and especially in the third quarter. The self-named King even said as much after the game. It’s one thing that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are both injured, but Miami looked very shaky in the contest considering it was a one-man show with LeBron for basically the entire second half. The Heat may get by the Pacers in this series, but LeBron will have a hard time beating the San Antonio Spurs single-handedly in the NBA Finals.