No amount of hate in the world could stop this train.
MIAMI — For LeBron James, Game 5 last season against Boston was horrific.
A year later, Game 5 was humbling.
And he and the Miami Heat are halfway to an NBA championship, having finally found a way to vanquish the Celtics.
Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, James added 33 — including the game’s last 10 in a spectacular closing flourish, part of Miami’s 16-0 run over the final 4:15 — and the Heat beat the Celtics 97-87 on Wednesday night to win their Eastern Conference semifinal series in five games.
When it was over, James knelt on the court, oblivious to the photographers who quickly surrounded him in Miami’s celebration.
“Everything went through my mind at that point,” James said. “Finally getting over this hump against this team. Everything I went through this summer, with ‘The Decision’ and deciding to come down here to be a part of this team … because I knew how important team is to this sport … and all the backlash I got from it.
“I’d be up here for two hours if I tell you exactly everything that went through my head. Very emotional at that point, you know, and happy we got through it as a team.”
Although he didn’t want to lose, even Celtic Paul Pierce had to give it up to the boys from South Beach:
“Right now, I am really upset,” Pierce said. “I wish I could have played better tonight. Unfortunately we came up on the short end of the stick. I tip my hat off to Miami. They really played great basketball.”
After the game LeBron and rumor mother-fawker Delonte West shared a warm embrace
Wow, guess Lebron isn’t trippin that Delonte smashed the momma. Crazy what #winning will do isn’t it?
Do you think that the Heat will win the NBA Championship now???