The four-time MVP scored the first 13 points of the game, his team's first 16 points and 20 points in all in the first quarter, which helped Cleveland build an early 18-point advantage and play with a lead throughout the series-tying Game 2.
"It was just a feel," James said of his quick start, via NBA TV. "I felt like I was in a really good rhythm."
Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue was surely pleased James was so aggressive from the opening tip considering he challenged his superstar Monday to "set the tone early," per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.
If James does so again Friday in Indiana, the Cavaliers can take control of this series despite losing Game 1 on their home floor.