Before this week, I was used to hearing rumblings from the dwindling number of critics of LeBron James who claim his dunks are stale and hardly ever coming on a defender.
When you have a guy who can do stuff like this:
and another guy who can do things like this:
playing without your third best player suddenly doesn’t seem as bad as you thought.
Not when you have Dwyane Wade pouring in 41 points on 24 shots and grabbing ten boards. Not when you have LeBron James chipping in a pedestrian 28 points, seven assists, six rebounds, three steals and only one turnover in 45 minutes. Not when you get 27 combined points and seven combined three-pointers between Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers.
In the end, it was the Heat winning game 6, and the series, 105-93 in front of a raucous Indiana Pacers crowd that started to lose its edge by the end of the third quarter, after a 9-0 Heat run in the final two minutes.
The run turned a one-point game into a ten-point lead going into the fourth following a Chalmers three-pointer at the buzzer.