Sorting out alternate endings to Pacers' Game 5 heartbreaker

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The scores were level with only three seconds left when James, of Cleveland Cavaliers, enacted a block on Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo that was so audacious only the video replays noticed the ball had actually touched the backboard and should have resulted in a goal-tending penalty.

It was the LeBron James show as the three-time National Basketball Association champion singlehandedly led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

It took an all-time performance from James - a 44-10-8 line, with a game-saving block (goaltend?) and game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer mixed in - to ensure that Cleveland's Super Bowl (aka the opening day of the National Football League draft) wasn't forced to compete with an "Is this it for LeBron?" discussion in our 24-7 debate culture.

Through five games, IN actually has the better point differential with a composite score of 482-472.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers meet Friday in game six of the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "We should've got the ref's attention". An incredibly efficient three point shooter, who consistently keeps doing what he is so good at, and who has most definitely stepped up when his team have so badly required him, when others around him haven't been able to play to their fullest potential. Doesn't get much better than that.

Think about that. Eleven consecutive times James' team has finished off its opponent at first chance.

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Down by seven at half, the Cavs swarmed the Pacers in the third quarter, forcing five turnovers in the first six minutes and holding in to one field goal over the first 6:52 while opening with a 19-3 run.

The officials didn't call it that way on the court, and the play is only eligible for video review if a goaltend is called (to be fair to the officials, that was an incredibly close play that is very hard to call in real time). Another person who contends that it was goaltending was Oladipo, who complained about it after that game. If the referees had called the goaltend and awarded the Indiana Pacers two points - they still would have lost. The pressure to stop him is oppressively conceptual: Should you take a slow step, guess the wrong move or lean the wrong way, LeBron is virtually guaranteed to capitalize. "It was a goaltend", Oladipo said.

"As soon as it left his hand, it looked ideal", Cavs coach Ty Lue told reporters. Korver and Calderon each nailed two three-pointers, all four of which came off assists from James. On Wednesday, he tallied 44 points on 24 shots.

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