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Last Friday, LeBron James went a little nuts in Milwaukee, at least from a scoring-the-basketball perspective. James finished the game with an impressive 55 points, but that gaudy total was somehow overshadowed by his absolutely overpowering start to the third quarter. The Cavaliers entered the second half down by six, but Cleveland responded with an 18-4 run over the first 3 minutes of the quarter — but that’s not the eye-catcher. No, that designation belongs to LeBron who scored 16 of those 18 points during the run.

Actual clock time during LeBron’s impressive salvo? Around 2:50. That’s two minutes in fifty seconds. Putting it a better way, James scored over five points a minute during his otherworldly outburst. The above video has the moments immortalized in all of their uncut glory, clocking in at under five real-time minutes.

The question concerning the Cavaliers from this point going forward is are they a true threat to end Boston’s championship run at one? With Delonte West back in the lineup — giving LeBron yet another outside shooter when defenses happen to collapse on him, the Cavaliers look awfully good. But are they ready to take Boston and perhaps Los Angeles down as well? Let’s not forget about Orlando either. The loss of Jameer Nelson obviously stains their appeal some, but who is going to stop Dwight Howard?

Of course, as long as LeBron’s on the court, the same must also be asked of him (try your damnedest to hold him to jump shots).

H/t to BDL for the find.