(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat outscored the Indiana Pacers 30-13 in the third quarter en route to a 90-79 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Thursday night.
The Heat now lead the series 3-2.
The Pacers lead the game 44-40 at halftime, but LeBron James single handily outscored the Pacers 16-13 in the third quarter and the Pacers never recovered.
James was so dominant in the quarter that he either scored or assisted on 25 of the Heat’s 30 points.
“I kind of just went back to my Cleveland days,” James said when taking about his mindset during the third quarter. “I just said let’s try to make more plays…Be more of a scoring threat as well. Just try to figure out a way that…I don’t know…Just see if the guys would just follow me and lead them the best I could.”
James also had eight rebounds, six assists and two steals in the win.
Paul George led Indiana with 27 points and 11 rebounds while Roy Hibbert added 22 points in the loss.
Game 6 is set for Saturday in Indiana. Tip-off scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern.
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Jill Martin, CNN