LeBron James' ridiculous Game 4

So 40 points, 18 rebounds, 9 assists, two steals, and two blocks for LeBron James in Game 4 vs. the Pacers. That's kind of a lot. That's quite a bit of production in a basketball game. Or four. 

If you were wondering how many players have had a game like that in recent NBA playoff history, the answer is... zero. Not since 1986, anyway. In the third quarter, James had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. That's a good game for most players. He was 4 of 7 from the field. 

James' ability to take over the game offensively rendered every approach by the Pacers' ineffective. Even when Roy Hibbert was on the floor in the second half, James and Dwyane Wade were attacking him directly at the rim, putting him back on the bench. Hibbert finished with nine rebounds. James had nine rebounds in the fourth quarter. 

The question is whether they can sustain that kind of effort and performance. They'll need to in order to get past the Pacers, but at least now the Heat know what they're capable of, even without Bosh. 

And what they're capable of is scary. 

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Moore's colleagues have been known to describe him as a "maniac" in terms of his approach to covering the NBA, which he has done for CBS Sports since 2010. Moore prides himself on melding reporting,... Full Bio

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