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LeBron, Heat rout Pacers in Game 5
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 31, 2013 @ 12:07 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — You could sense the LeBron James power surge coming in South Florida.
As soon as the Miami Heat MVP fouled out at the end of the Indiana Pacers’ Game 4 victory, you could feel him planning to unleash the full extent of his talents the next time out.
James delivered a masterful performance — his brilliance in the third quarter overwhelmed the Pacers — and Miami defeated Indiana 90-79 in Game 5 on Thursday. James had 30 points, eight rebounds , six assists, two steals and one block and gave the Heat a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
In the decisive third quarter, James had 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and accounted for 25 of Miami’s points in a 30-13 quarter.
“That’s LeBron showing his greatness and making it look easy,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “His engine in that third quarter was incredible. He was tireless. He was doing things on both ends of the court.”
In a back-and-forth series in which each team has made the right adjustments after a loss, Miami responded successfully to their Game 4 deficiencies with improved defense, better offense — strong three-point shooting — a commitment to rebounding and a determined James.
Now the defending champions are one win from third consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals, and the young Pacers face a mountainous task: win consecutive games, which no team has done yet in the series. Game 6 is Saturday in Indianapolis (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT).
“I don’t really know,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “(LeBron) was pretty special tonight, no questions about it. This whole team is special. This is one of the best team’s this league has ever seen. We enjoy competing against them. We know we can beat them. We have to play better.”
The game turned into James against Pacers forwards Paul George and David West and center Roy Hibbert. George and Hibbert scored Indiana’s first 29 points and at one point in the third quarter, George, Hibbert and West combined for 49 of Indiana’s 55 points.
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