LeBron James takes it to next level in Heat win

LeBron James of the Heat (left) handles the ball under pressure from Pacers' Paul George during...

LeBron James of the Heat (left) handles the ball under pressure from Pacers' Paul George during Game 5 of their Eastern Conference final in Miami, Thursday, May 30, 2013. (GETTY IMAGES)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:04 AM ET

His Heat were down by only four after a half, but anyone watching could see just how dominant the Indiana Pacers had been through the first half.

LeBron James knew it and so did everyone else who witnessed his high-volume and stunningly animated huddle going into that second half.

James went up one side of his teammates and down the other.

Then, like all the best leaders in life or sport do, he went out and backed up those forceful words with what was likely the best quarter of basketball he has played these playoffs.

Without question, he is the biggest reason the Heat are heading back to Indianapolis with a chance to put the Pacers out the playoffs and send the Heat onto the Final against a well-rested San Antonio club.

James' third quarter Thursday night in the Heat 90-79 win was one for the ages.


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