Tip-Off for 5/31/13 (featuring Run DMC): LeBron James spits fire at teammates and rains brimstone on the Indiana Pacers in second half of Miami Heat’s 90-79 victory
(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
LeBron James saw red at the half and proceeded to push the Indiana Pacers to the brink of elimination.
An infuriated LeBron James tore into his teammates as halftime of Game 5 came to a close. What ensued was a performance worthy of an MVP. Just to back up his words — James outscored the Indiana Pacers 16-13 in a series-altering third quarter. The Miami Heat cruised to a 90-79 victory over the Indiana Pacers and took a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 will be Saturday night in Indiana.
Heat 90 – Pacers 79 – The Miami Heat turned a four-point halftime deficit into a runaway victory placing them one victory away from their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance. The Heat trailed for most of the game before James gave an impassioned speech at the half. Miami used an 16-3 run to blow the game open, outscoring the Pacers 30-13 in the third quarter. Indiana was not as dominant on the glass or in the paint. Paul George and Roy Hibbert dominated the first quarter — combining for all of Indiana’s points. But the Pacers got little help outside of Hibbert and David West as their other frontcourt mates combined for only 13 points. George had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Hibbert had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. David West added 17 points and 8 boards. George Hill and Lance Stephenson combined for 5 points on 2 for 11 shooting.
Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade scored a combined 17 points on 6 of 15 shooting. Udonis Haslem missed his first shot only to convert his next eight field goal attempts, including 5 in the third quarter. Haslem finished with 16 points in 25 minutes of action. Mario Chalmers added 12 points and 6 assists. LeBron James led the Heat with a game-high 30 points. James also added 8 boards and 6 assists.
Heat lead 3-2.
A new exhibit at the NFL Hall of Fame (NFL HOF).
Syria conflict: Rebel reinforcements arrive in Qusair (BBC News).
A better look at Roy Hibbert (Inside the NBA).
Test your spelling bee skills (Huff Post).
Consumers cut spending for the first time in nearly a year (Wall Street Journal).
Dominic Woodson joins Memphis recruiting frenzy (The Shadow League).
Was the Fast and Furious 6 worth the wait (The Shadow League).
Happy Birthday to Hip Hop pioneer Daryl McDaniels aka DMC!