Watch LeBron James' Highlight-Reel Dunks in Game 7 Showdown

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2013

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 03:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks to pass the ball against Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 3, 2013 in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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LeBron James is taking Game 7 and turning it into what we all hoped it would be: a constantly evolving thrill-fest, punctuated by long stretches of excitement and plenty of highlight plays.

The biggest, most exciting play the Miami Heat were able to put together in the first half came in the form of an alley-oop to LeBron. What else would you expect?

With the Heat running out on what seemed like their 956th fast break of the half, LeBron's eyes suddenly popped out of his head as he saw nobody running in front of him.

Even though it's probably second nature at this point, LeBron started motioning wildly for Norris Cole to toss up an alley-oop.

Cole happily delivered.

LeBron got so high that he nearly knocked himself out on the rim. That probably would have been the Pacers' best hope at keeping things close in the second quarter.

Photoshop'd RT @sam_duren: @talkhoops what did it look like in real life to see a man put his head at the rim?

— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) June 4, 2013

Of course, the night actually started off slow for James, who seemed more keen to let Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh do their best to get involved early. By the time LeBron even took his first shot of the game, there was less than five minutes left in the first quarter, clanging a three-pointer off the back of the rim.

On the very next play, he was a bit less tentative. A Mario Chalmers floater went awry, but LeBron was in perfect position with no big man there to box him out. The result was a rim-shaking monster of a putback that turned the Miami crowd into a pack of jubilant little kids.

Yeah, it was pretty ridiculous.


— Brian Schroeder (@Cosmis) June 4, 2013

It was a stellar first half for LeBron and the Heat, full of emphatic dunks and a fast-paced style of play that absolutely stunned the Pacers.