Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/30/13
It's gotta be the shoes, LeBron. You sure it's not the shoes? Nike might want to call Spike Lee to reprise his role as Mars Blackmon after what King James did in the Heat's 90-79 win over the Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday. You see, LeBron was just pedestrian in the first half, scoring 11 points as the Heat trailed 44-40. Then, the King put on a new pair of sneakers, and everything changed. LeBron scored 16 points in the quarter and added 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. And the shoes in question ... 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 Peerless under pressure: @ kingjames . #WITNESSMIAMI -- Nike Basketball (@nikebasketball) May 31, 2013 Hey, since LeBron got Nike's attention, could we see a remake of this classic commercial? 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 If that wasn't enough for you, Pacers big man (and we mean big ) David West and Heat point guard Mario Chalmers also went face to face before Heat enforcer Udonis Haslem stepped in.
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