Apr 23, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat power forward Juwan Howard (center) greets teammate power forward Chris Andersen (left) in the second half during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 98-86. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Playoffs: Juwan Howard Lights the Spark for the Heat at Halftime

The Miami Heat went into halftime of a pivotal Game 5 down by four, 44-40. The first half the team looked lethargic and unemotional for such a big game in the series against the Indiana Pacers, who have beat the them 4 of the last 7 times they have played this season. At halftime, it was Juwan Howard to the rescue.

The 40-year old 22-year NBA veteran went into an emotional tirade in the locker room during halftime. Some say that Howard threw chairs and banged tables to get his point across to his teammates.

“It all started with Juwan Howard”, says Udonis Haslem. “He started to get into us at halftime and coach didn’t really have to say much. Then LeBron took over and just echoed what Juwan said.”

Whatever Juwan said may have been the most motivational halftime speech the Heat have had during this playoff run, In the 3rd quarter, they outscored the Indiana Pacers 30-13. LeBron James outscored the Pacers by himself with 16 points in the quarter.

Juwan Howard may have only played in 7 games this season, but his halftime speech was the difference in the Heat taking a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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