Much of Game 5 was the epitome of struggle, as almost everyone on the court aside from LeBron James, Paul George and Udonis Haslem had an off night. When LeBron began attacking in the third quarter, he hot in the zone and lead the Heat to a 30-13 quarter. It was a knockout blow and paved the way for a 3-2 advantage in the series.
Things will get tougher in Game 6 back in Indiana because the Heat may be without Birdman Anderson. He hit Tyler Hansbrough with a cheap shot which knocked him down then pushed him when after they bumped chests like he was jealous of Psycho T's nickname. He was fortunate not to get ejected, but may be hit with a subsequent punishment when the league reviews the tape. Birdman has been huge for the Heat during this series as his usual supporting cast of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen have all gone cold.
TNT must be looking to see what on earth provoked Birdman. Dude went nuts on Psycho T. looked unprovoked ...— Jason McIntyre (@TheBigLead) May 31, 2013
I like the "Birdman" on Miami, but there's no way he should NOT have been ejected from this game.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) May 31, 2013
Chris Andersen cheap shots Tyler Hansbrough from behind, then shoves the ref and is still out on the court. The NBA...where crime pays— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 31, 2013
I think Hansbrough should remove the "Psycho" portion of his nickname forever. He said "Dough Let Me Out" in front of America— Cuffs The Legend (@CuffsTheLegend) May 31, 2013
Chris Andersen vs Tyler Hansbrough! I haven't seen white boys go at it like this since Eminem punked Fred Durst!— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) May 31, 2013
Heat are 48-5 since Feb. 3.— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) May 31, 2013
Video: Heat's LeBron James explodes in third quarter of Game 5 win bit.ly/141Qejb— Ben Golliver (@blazersedge) May 31, 2013
LeBron James wasn't going to accept a loss in Game 5 and he let his team know about it: thesco.re/10DyCcE— theScore (@theScore) May 31, 2013
Miami 90, Indiana 79 | Heat Reaction grades: es.pn/12SGdCj— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 31, 2013