• James said he had no issue with Pacers guard Lance Stephenson running his mouth while defending him.
“Lance is one of those guys who likes to talk some,” James said. “And I’m for it, too. I really don’t start it, but if it gets started, then I love to do it. … There’s no way you can get under my skin.”
Vogel said Stephenson “doesn’t typically cross the line with his trash-talking. As long as he’s not doing that, I like him playing with an edge.”
• James, Spoelstra and others praised Juwan Howard for his impassioned speech at halftime of Game 5.
“The credibility he has resonates with our guys,” Spoelstra said.
• After outscoring the Pacers 16-13 in the third quarter of Game 5, James has now outscored an opponent in a quarter of a playoff game five times in his career, all since 2007. Since then, no other player has done it more than twice.
In moving past Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor into 13th place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list, James also produced at least 30 points and eight rebounds in a playoff game for the 38th time, most in the league since his first playoff appearance in 2004.
Second-most during that time? Dirk Nowitzki with 20.
• Pacers point guard George Hill, who went 0 for 4 and scored one point in Game 5: “The way I played … I am ashamed of myself.”
• James disputed the notion that the Pacers — facing elimination in Game 6 — will be the more desperate team.
“We’re desperate, too,” he said. “We’re desperate to get back to the NBA Finals.”