Notes, quotes and observations after LeBron James’ buzzer-beating 25-foot 3-pointer gave the Cavaliers a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoffs Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs lead the first-round series 3-2 going into Game 6 at 8 p.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

1. In case anyone needed a reminder of LeBron James’ greatness, his 25-foot game-winner at the buzzer provided another moment to cherish, along with the joyous celebration it wrought. It included him jumping on the scorer’s table to revel with cheering fans and J.R. Smith organizing a drenching with cups of water after his on-court television interview.

2. James blocked Victor Oladipo’s layup attempt with 3.3 seconds remaining – replay showed after the game showed it was a goaltend. Then after a Cavs’ timeout, Jeff Green inbounded to James, who hit a fadeaway going to his left as Thaddeus Young defended.

3. It marked the fourth game-winning buzzer-beater of James’ postseason career.

4. The first came on May 22, 2009 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Orlando at the Q. The second was on May 22, 2013 when his Miami Heat beat the visiting Pacers in Game 1 of the conference finals. The most recent was May 10, 2015 in Game 4 of the conference semifinals at Chicago as the Cavs evened the series and won in six games.

5. “Just trust what I’ve always worked on,” James said of the shot. “As a kid you always have those three, two, one moments … That’s what it kind of felt like. Felt like I was a kid all over again. Just playing basketball at my house, makeshift hoops and my socks as a basketball, making the (swish) noise.”

6. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said as soon as the ball left James’ hand, it looked perfect.

7. But the gravity of the moment was lost on Lue as the ball went through the net.

8. “I really didn’t. As a player and as a coach, I think for me, I just kind of black out in those situations,” Lue said. “You prepare for so long in those situations. You’re having the best player in the world on your team. You know if you get the ball to him he’s capable of delivering. Jeff got it into him, Bron got to his sweet spot and knocked down an open shot.”

9. With the score tied at 95, Kevin Love said the play went just as the Cavs drew it up.

10. “We wanted to free up Bron as best we could,” Love said. “He had to make a read rather to go low or high and caught the ball and he seems to shoot that shot a lot in practices, as well as many other (situations). Going to his left and rising without a pump fake, he was in a good rhythm and hit an amazing shot. It was unbelievable. Great to be a part of that.”

11. Pacers coach Nate McMillan admitted two failures on his part on the play.

12. “Bojan (Bogdanovic) was basically helping to deny LeBron on that,” McMillan said. “He ended up going towards half court and then he went back to his man and he made a helluva play. I’ll take that as far as execution on that last play.

13. “We have a timeout to talk about what we see out there and we had a foul to give. We leave here with both of them. Thaddeus had five fouls and was covering LeBron, a little hesitant there. We had two things we could’ve used in that situation that we didn’t.”

14. Jose Calderon said he knew James was going to get a good shot.

15. “He’s got three seconds and that’s enough time to get a good one, but it was a 3, even better,” Calderon said. “I think it was a great way to finish a great game by him all around. He came to play tonight and he helped us in a tough moment so really happy for him, too.”

16. Calderon is in his first season with James and has been watching everything.

17. “For me, it’s been 82 games plus the playoffs and nothing should surprise you anymore with somebody like him,” Calderon said. “The way he works, the way he takes care of his body, the way he gets ready for every game. You know this kind of thing happens for a reason. It’s not like luck when you’re this good, this talented and work this hard.”

18. J.R. Smith said the shot was an example of James’ hard work.

19. “For whatever reason, he just likes getting into that stepback. From watching so many games, he’s using it extremely effectively,” Smith said. “For him to put that into his game in year 15 and feel confident making it in the playoffs, that says a lot.”

20. Smith was ready to put this shot in special company.

21. “This one sticks out in my mind, the one he hit in Washington in OT, the one he hit early on pretty much at the free throw line at Minnesota. This one for sure because it’s the playoffs. It’s a 2-2 series, trying to win at home, they came in here and took home court advantage from us then for him to go out and hit that shot to go back into Indy up one, it’s definitely different,” Smith said.

22. Asked if he flashed back to James’ shot from the left corner in Chicago in 2015, Smith said, “Naw, I think this one was better. Chicago was fun because it was on the road, but this one was definitely better because it was a tougher series.”

23. James’ heroics reminded Larry Nance Jr. of the Orlando game-winner. He was at the Q that night with his family, watching in a suite or a box.

24. “I just remember watching that shot. How do you describe something like that? It was really cool,” said Nance, the Revere High School product. “I am excited to get out of here and talk about it with them because I am sure they remember it, too.”

25. Nance said he had a flashback moment.

26. “Absolutely. Same exact spot,” Nance said. “It was definitely something I had seen before and it was definitely something I think the whole word has seen before. That was why when he let it go, it was like ‘Yep.’”

27. James said the game-winner against the Magic didn’t come to mind until people in the locker room reminded him.

28. “I was on a different side of the floor, the inbounds pass was on a different side of the floor and also I didn’t have a chance to put the ball on the floor,” James said. “But it ended up being pretty much in the same spot. Kind of like in the middle of the floor.”

29. The celebration, meanwhile, was more reminiscent of Feb. 7, when James hit a turnaround jumper at the buzzer for a 140-138 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Q.

30. The first to grab James afterward was the same teammate, rookie Cedi Osman, as that night.

31. “I was able to hit a walk-off there and find my guy once again, Cedi,” James said. “That’s my rook and he’s always on time and on target, so I found my guy once again. Deja vu all over again.”

32. Kyle Korver doesn’t even remember the happiness of those minutes post-game.

33. “What did any of us do? I think we were all yelling and shouting and I think when everything died down I gave him a hug and told him how much I respect him,” Korver said.

34. Smith even pulled on James’ hair.

35. “You got to celebrate stuff like that. You don’t really get to see stuff like that too often, or be on the same team with a guy like that,” Smith said. “As much as you can you’ve got to celebrate it and live in the moment. Once you go in the showers and wash it off it’s over, you’ve got to work on the next game.”

36. James finished with 44 points – his 21st 40-point playoff game of his career, which ranks second all-time. He had 10 rebounds and eight assists with five turnovers (one that could have been crucial with 26 seconds left) in 42 minutes. He hit 15 of 15 at the free throw line, the first time in his career (regular season or postseason) that he’s made at least 15 and been perfect. The last Cav to do that was Mark Price (16 for 16) on May 1, 1995 against the Knicks.

37. “Everybody was talking about the shot, but he actually had two blocks on Oladipo,” Smith said. “One could have been an and-one that he blocked, I think they called a foul on Kyle. When we switched off him, I was just trying not to leave my man and he gave him enough room to make him think he had the layup and he just blocked it.

38. “Then come down and hit the shot. Every time he steps on the floor you’ve got to expect something amazing to happen.”

39. James has now hit 42 of 52 free throws in the series and said he’s in a pretty good rhythm.

40. “I went back and watched some film on some of my previous free throw routines when I was shooting the ball extremely high,” he said. “Went all the way back to my Miami days when I was shooting the ball extremely well at one point throughout the playoffs. I don’t know, sometimes throughout the whole season that’s the one thing that I kinda tinker with. I’ve found a rhythm, I’ve found a comfort zone and it’s here to stay for now.”

41. Whether he will stay in July, when he can opt out of his contract and become a free agent, is another matter. To some, him climbing on the scorer’s table to celebrate with the crowd felt like good-bye, even if the Cavs advance.

42. “They were electric tonight,” James said of the fans. “They know me for 11 years of my career. A few of them kind of paid attention to me when I was in high school as well, maybe. So I just tried to … they pay their hard-earned money to come see us play. For me and my ballclub, for us to go out there and have a game like we had tonight, it was just our show of appreciation.”