Pacers-Heat Game 5 Video: Flying Death Machine in effect

By Matt Moore | NBA writer
The Pacers have hammered the Heat throughout this series. It was evident from Game 1, in which a more physical and more confrontational Indiana team muscled their way to a first-half lead. They lost the game, but kept the attitude, and had pushed Miami to the brink with a chance to go up 3-1 in Game 4. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 70 points in an epic performance that had many questioning if they could do that again.

Lost in the flagrant maliciousness of Game 5 is this: From the 6:00 minute mark of the 2nd quarter until the 6:00 minute mark of the 4th, the Miami Heat outscored the Pacers 53-35. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James outscored the Pacers 36-35. The Pacers scored 35 points on 43 shots. Wade and James scored 36 on just 18.

And oh, they got out in transition and did some amazing things. The Heat are the most dangerous team when they break the floor open, tranfroming into a flying death machine with athleticism, speed, cunning, and sheer velocity towards the rim. Their passing, though, is what springs them.

Note that James forces the bad pass with his double-team at 5:41. Wade has to retrieve the ball which takes a half-second, then look up and throw the pass. James scores at 5:37.

From defense to bucket in four seconds. Four. Seconds.

That's a full-speed, no-step whip pass without catching, centering, or looking. It's just instinct and muscle. There are shots Kobe Bryant routinely hits that only he can make. That pass? That's a pass only LeBron James can make.

Wade had another strong game after his struggles in Game 3. Wade finished with 28 points on 17 shots and got to the line 11 times, including routinely on plays like this, evocative of the 2006 Finals:

No officiating changes this or caused this. This was just two of the best players on the planet, putting on a show once again and the Pacers being unable to counter in any way.

The Heat are a long way from their goal, but terrifyingly for the rest of the league, they're finally hitting their stride, individually and as a unit. When they get out in transition, when they form that Flying Death Machine, there's not much you can do but get out of the way and try and recover for the next game.
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