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Lance Stephenson posts up LeBron, scores with relative ease (VIDEO)

May 18, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

This play exemplifies almost exactly how the majority of Game 1 between the Heat and the Pacers has materialized.

Late in the second quarter, Lance Stephenson got the ball in transition and found himself with the opportunity to take LeBron James into the low post. Rather than wait for a better matchup or deciding to swing the ball to a teammate, Stephenson took it right at James, backing him down before using a fake to score over his defender with the left hand at the rim.

Indiana was getting whatever it wanted offensively for the bulk of the afternoon, and the score has reflected it thus far, with the Pacers leading by as many 19 points late in the third quarter.

[via James Herbert at EOB]

  1. watermelon1 - May 18, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    AND 1!

  2. cantonbound13 - May 18, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Leflopper

  3. kb2408 - May 18, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    The Pacers really look good today. With 5 mins to go their entire starting five is in double figures. Can’t wait to hear the Heat whine about the disparity in free throws. But the truth of the matter is Indy is much more aggressive than the Heat are.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - May 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Heat played terrible defense all game; but allow me to point out that this kind of play is exactly what I’ve been saying for a while. LeBron’s effort (or maybe ability) on D has taken a step back this season. I love the guy and want him to win everything but he has to do better than this.

    • casualcommenter - May 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Correct. The eye test and most advanced defensive stats all point to LeBron’s defense taking a step back this year.

  5. jkirby317 - May 18, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Pacers are better than the Heat.
    Fact.

    • urodaddy07 - May 19, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      From this one game , I don’t know how you can say this. They were definitely better in this game. But based on recent history I don’t know how you draw that conclusion

      • jkirby317 - May 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        Stats. Facts. The eye-ball test. Advanced metrics. That is how I came to the conclusion that the team that beat the Heat was better than the Heat.
        Those things and math (107-96 = +11 points for the Pacers).
        #1 team in the EAST (by the standings)
        BUILT not BOUGHT

  6. casualcommenter - May 18, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    No excuses. Stephenson saw LeBron, backed him down, and scored at ease one-on-one. That wasn’t LeBron against a center. It was LeBron against a 2 guard, and LeBron lost. The Heat shouldn’t have to send a double or triple at LANCE STEPHENSON in the post.

    LeBron will still make the All-Defensive First team, but he hasn’t played consistently elite or even consistently good defense all season.

    • rodyaugu - May 18, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      The way the refs were calling this game, lebron didn’t want to pick up another foul.

      • imakcds - May 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        I didn’t watch the game, ONLY this vid/replay.
        ALL I saw, was that LeBron didn’t want to pick up a foul, so he didn’t play any defense.

  7. opinevain - May 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    LeBron is an overrated defender and I’ve been saying this for years. Paul George constantly blows by him

  8. john242322 - May 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Lance just went straight beast mode on LBJ

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