LeBron James helped Miami Heat beat Indiana Pacer 90-79 as they took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series in the Eastern Conference Finals.
James scored 30 points as the Heat edged towards the NBA finals for the third consecutive season.
It's been a tough week for James who fouled out in Game 4 between the two teams and was found guilty of flopping and fined $5,000 in the same game.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel admitted that LeBron James was on fine form and that he was enjoying playing against an impressive Miami Heat side.
"[James] was pretty special tonight. There’s no question about it. This whole team is special. They’re one of the best teams this league has ever seen. We’re enjoying competing against them." Vogel said in a press conference.
The third quarter was decisive as Miami Heat and, in particular, LeBron James built momentum and gave themselves a commanding lead.
James scored 16 points in the third period, to wipe out the Pacers slender lead and give the Heat a cushion going into the final quarter.
As well as his 30 points, James had eight rebounds and six assists with team-mates Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh only achieving a combined 17 points.
Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers made up for the lack of points scored by Wade and Bosh with a combined 28.
Indiana had a narrow lead at half-time but Miami's impressive third quarter, which saw them go on an 11-3 run, was the deciding factor.
Roy Hibbert, star of Game 4, scored 22 points for the Pacers while team-mate Paul George scored 27.
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra believed that Game 5 was a great match and is already looking to clinch a place in the NBA finals by winning Game 6.
"Well, that’s play-off competition at its best.Spoelstra told reporters:
"The second half we played much more aggressively and committed to our identity and was able to take that through to the end.
"We’ve already talked about leaving that behind. This is a highly competitive series. Now we have to get ready for Game six.’"
The best-of-seven series continues with Game six on Saturday in Indianapolis with a Heat victory clinching a 4-2 victory and passage to the NBA Finals.
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