The Cleveland Cavaliers looked dead in the water at halftime of Thursday night's Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.
LeBron James and his squad trailed Paul George's crew 74-49 at the intermission and couldn't stop anything Indiana was doing on the offensive end of the floor.
That meant nothing to King James, though, as he led the Cavs to the biggest comeback from a halftime deficit in NBA playoff history, scoring 41 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 12 assists in the impressive 119-114 win - his 17th playoff triple-double, good for second all-time behind Magic Johnson's 30.
LeBron's huge effort in the comeback victory was punctuated by this massive fourth-quarter dunk that gave the Cavs a 100-98 lead:
Thanks to LeBron's magic, the Cavaliers now have a 3-0 lead in the series and a stranglehold on the suddenly sputtering Pacers, who now face elimination in Game 4.
Naturally, after James's historic performance, during which he passed Kobe Bryant on the all-time playoff scoring list, Twitter was abuzz with effusive praise for the Cleveland star:
Clearly, fans enjoyed witnessing James's greatness, but they weren't the only ones to appreciate the show. LeBron's teammates were even stunned by the incredible effort of their leader on Thursday.
After the win, James told ESPN.com that he can't exactly rank where Thursday's performance rates among his greatest playoff games, but said he simply does what his team needs him to do in order to win:
"One thing I do know is that we had a huge halftime deficit and were able to come back and win the game," James said. "I didn't know it was the biggest comeback or things of that nature. For myself, I just try to put myself in position to help my teammates win no matter who's on the floor with me. Try to empower them, try to make them better, try to make them believe we can be great every night.
"No matter who's on the floor with me and, for myself, I just don't settle for being not as great as I can be. It's not going to result in a stat line like this every night. When my mind is fresh and in the moment, sometimes certain things like this happen, so I don't know. I can't even really appreciate it. I'll let you guys write your words about it and go from there. Only thing that matters is a win, and that's what I'm here for."
The Cavs needed every point, every assist and every rebound James provided on Thursday night in order to pick up the victory. If they're going to clinch the series win on Sunday, they'll likely need another great performance from King James.