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LeBron must take over scoring

To beat Indiana, Miami needs James to assert himself offensively

Updated: May 22, 2012, 9:39 PM ET
By Chris Broussard | ESPN The Magazine

It was one of the most dominant playoff performances in recent memory -- 40 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. But in his heart of hearts, LeBron James would rather not have to do that. He'd rather not score 40 percent of the Miami Heat's points, rather not take more shots than teammates Mario Chalmers, Ronny Turiaf, Shane Battier, Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem combined.

James would rather score 20-something, and stay on the perimeter and facilitate while several of his teammates join him in double figures.

But if the Heat are going to survive their second-round matchup with the Indiana Pacers, and if they're going to have any chance of winning the NBA championship, James will have to do what he'd rather not -- take on the mentality of a dominant scorer.

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