Perhaps it was something LeBron said that sparked the Heat in the second half.
Miami went into halftime of Game 5 against Indiana trailing by four points. Just before the Heat were about to take the floor for the third quarter, the fired-up four-time MVP spoke to his teammates in a huddle. When TNT's cameras focused in on James, the network had to blur out his mouth to cover up the cursing.
After talking that talk, LeBron exploded. He outscored the entire Pacers team himself in the third quarter, dropping 16 of Miami's 30 points. Indiana only scored 13 points. According to ESPN Stats & Info, James scored or assisted on 25 of Miami's 30 points in the quarter.
"I just didn't think we were playing Miami Heat basketball in the first half. What kept us in the game in the first half was our talent and that's not what we're about," James said after Miami's 90-79 win when asked about what he said in the huddle. "We didn't play with a sense of urgency and we was only down four. And that wasn't a good sign. So you know I just got in them, and let them know we can't just play by talent. We got to go out and play with a sense of urgency, both offensively and defensively and my guys responded."
LeBron's speech caught the attention of Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, who tweeted about the Heat star's leadership.
Lebron being the leader and best player. He inspired with his words in the huddle, vocal leadership on display.
— Isiah Thomas (@iamisiahthomas) May 31, 2013
James finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Heat took a 3-2 series lead.
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