Prior to Tuesday night’s Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls, LeBron James had not shot the ball particularly well, averaging 26 points per game on an unusual 37% from the field. James eluded to his poor shooting during a presser on Sunday after he knocked down the buzzer-beater in Game 4, and he stated how much he abhorred playing an inefficient brand of basketball from a shooting perspective.
Game 5 however was a different story, as James ratcheted up his efficiency, dominating Chicago with a focused, energetic and calculated attack. James finished the 106-101 win with 38 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals and most impressively, zero turnovers.
James understood the importance of this contest, as the winner of Game 5 when the series is tied 2-2 goes on to win the series 82% of the time. Even with a loss in Game 6 on Thursday, James and company will still be given the opportunity to close out Chicago in a Game 7 on their home floor. James losing a series-finale in his gym? Not likely. If this series indeed goes seven games, I can’t wait to see what James has in store for us in that final contest. If it’s something that mirrors this performance, the Bulls may not stand much of a chance.