Pacers feel the wrath of LeBron
King James did eveything except turn green and rip through his uniform to start the second half of Thursday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals in Miami. And the Heat needed every last bit of LeBron's fury and physical gifts in their 90-79 win over the Pacers.
You see, LeBron was just pedestrian in the first half, scoring 11 points as the Heat trailed 44-40. Then, the King went from Bruce Banner to Incredible Hulk in a matter of minutes. And his teammates were the first ones to feel the wrath of LBJ.
LeBron made sure all that huffin' and puffin' wasn't just for show. He scored 16 points in the third quarter, along with four assists, four rebounds, a block and no turnovers. To put it in further perspective, LeBron personally outscored the Pacers in the frame (16-13) and scored or assisted on 25 of Miami’s 30 points in the quarter.
Here’s a quick glimpse of the damage LeBron inflicted.
LeBron’s one-man show lifted the Heat to a 3-2 series lead and set Twitter on fire.
Timeouts cant save you now Indiana. LeBron James has your soul. twitter.com/RizzWrites/sta…— Rizzmiggizz (@RizzWrites) May 31, 2013
LeBron James is going to have serious back trouble in a few years after carrying an entire team on his back.— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) May 31, 2013
It sounds like LeBron was merely channeling his good old days.
The only question that remains is LeBron more Lou Ferrigno ...
or computer generated?
LET'S GET PHYSICAL
We expected it to be chippy in Game 5, and we were not disappointed. Heat backup center Chris "Birdman" Anderson provided the fireworks — and some controversy.
With nine minutes left in the first half, Birdman got tangled up with fellow reserve big man Tyler Hansbrough — and the fun ensued.
A few minutes behind on DVR here, but how in the world is what Birdman did not Flagrant Two? And Hansbrough did nothing to deserve T.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 31, 2013
RT @ bkravitz: What did Hansbrough get a technical for? Running into Birdman's elbow? That's weak.— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) May 31, 2013
And some wanted this little scuffle to go all cage match.
I would pay good money to see a Psycho T/Birdman cage match. Psycho T would eat him for LUNCH.— Tyler Burns (@burnSTYLEr) May 31, 2013
But most were wondering what was the difference between Birdman’s shove and Nazir Mohammad’s push of LeBron James in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Mohammad was ejected for his action.
Don’t remember it? Here’s a refresher.
Even though he wasn't ejected, some think the league might step in and punish the Birdman for Game 6.
Well, there's no way Birdman doesn't get suspended for game 6. Got a flagrant 1 but that was nasty. League will upgrade that to a 2.— Scott(@ScottyE_FL) May 31, 2013
Last thing on the Birdman play. It sets a bad precedent. If you can get away with that, the gloves may come off Saturday...— Michael Grady (@mg_indy) May 31, 2013
All the physical play left the Pacers' big men in a foul mood after the game.