If you're Indiana, you just have to shake your head when LeBron and Dwyane Wade get into that kind of telekinetic rhythm. The halftime buzzer-beater feed from Wade? The falling-out-of-bounds, one-handed rope to Wade? The football pass to LeBron on the fly? Just unfair. Maybe it wasn't 40-18-9, but LeBron reminded us that no one consistently puts on a better show than him.
Wade played like a pinball, bouncing off Pacers players and still managing to hit circus shots. Things got chippy after the Tyler Hansbrough two-handed tomahawk on Wade in the second quarter. OK, maybe more than just a little chippy. Still, Wade did not shy away from contact. And that knee? Looked better and better with each Euro-step through the Pacers' defense.
Not a bad time to have his best game in a Heat uniform. After being North Pole cold in the first four games of the series, Battier was lights out. But he was equally effective on the other end, driving David West crazy on the block. After he hit 3s and neutralized West, you could make an argument Battier gets the game ball.
It's possible Haslem won't play again in this series. After Hansbrough cut Wade on a hard foul in the second quarter, Haslem brought the hammer down on Hansbrough with two hands to the face shortly after. While fans might applaud Haslem's solidarity, there's a chance he could be suspended for the potential clincher in Game 6. The Heat would miss his board work immensely.
Considering the injuries, it's hard not to imagine that's it for Indiana. Danny Granger, the team's leading scorer, left the game in the third quarter after hobbling around on a sore ankle. Then West checked out of the game with a left knee injury as well. As demoralizing as a 32-point loss is, the injuries hurt more. Tough break for a gutty crew.