Lance Stephenson wasn't trying to woo LeBron James, he was just trying to get in the superstar's head.
In the closing minute and a half of the first half of Game Four on Tuesday, Stephenson appeared to taunt Miami’s James by blowing in his ear while both teams lined up for pair of Mario Chalmers free throws, according to The Big Lead.
As seen in the video below, James turned to referee Joey Crawford and appeared to tell him what Stephenson was doing. Some could call Stephenson’s actions immature, or even foolish, but James was smart and alerted Crawford so as to avoid any kind of incident.
James would foul out with less than minute remaining in the game and Indiana won, 99-92, and put more pressure on the defending champions as the series shifts back to Miami.
The Indiana Pacers have shown tremendous patience with the streaky, and at-times tempermental Stephenson, and it has finally paid off this season, especially the playoffs. During their run to the Eastern Conference finals, the Pacers are 6-1 when Stephenson scores 10 or more points in these playoffs.
The former New York City high school star’s 20 points in Game Four helped Indiana tie their series with Miami at 2-2, and Stephenson showed how the Pacers might be winning the mental game as well.
The Pacers have also dominated the glass, and may have the edge heading into Thursday's Game Five.