2013 NBA Playoffs, May 30: Miami Heat Seize Control With Game Five Win

May 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket as Indiana Pacers point guard D.J. Augustin (14) defends during the second half in game five of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Just as they did last year, the Miami Heat returned home for a game five against the Indiana Pacers with the score tied 2-2 and questions swirling about whether the Heat might fall. And just as they did last year, Miami meted out a convincing win, 90-79.

The score was close for the entire first half, with the Pacers maintaining a slim lead into halftime. But then LeBron James remembered he’s the best player in the world and just started destroying everything. He finished with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, but those numbers don’t fully capture the magnitude of the hurting he put on Indiana. His third quarter explosion turned a four-point Pacer lead into a 13-point Heat lead and he made it look effortless.

For Indiana, Paul George had a fantastic game with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists, but outside of George, David West and Roy Hibbert, nobody else on the Pacers scored more than 4 points. No, that’s not a typo.

Game six will be in Indianapolis on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on TNT.

Topics: Indiana Pacers, LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA Playoffs

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