CLEVELAND: The way Kyle Korver sees it, every time the Cavaliers step on the court for a game, they have an iconic player that the other team does not have.

That, of course, is LeBron James.

James showed his greatness once again Wednesday night when the Cavs beat the Indiana Pacers 98-95 in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

James blocked what would have been a go-ahead lay­up by Victor Oladipo with 3.3 seconds to go, and swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer over Thaddeus Young to send a sellout crowd of 20,562 into a frenzy.

The Cavs hold a 3-2 lead in the series, and can eliminate the Pacers in Game 6 on Friday night in Indianapolis.

“[Oladipo] made a heck of a move,” James said of the sequence that led to the block. “Got me leaning right and he went left, and I just tried to use my recovery speed and get back up there and make a play on the ball, and I was able to make a play.”

When it came to the dramatic 3-pointer, James reflected back to being a child.

“As a kid, you always have those 3, 2, 1, moments,” James said. “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, so, that’s what it felt like.”

James totaled 44 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 42 minutes on Wednesday. He made 14-of-24 shots from the field, including 1-of-4 from 3-point range, and made 15-of-15 free-throw attempts.

“When LeBron’s playing like that, and he’s playing that aggressive, it just gives the rest of us confidence,” Korver said. “He’s the best player in the world, he’s on our team, he’s going to give us a chance every single night. We all have to do our part but he is that good. So I think it’s easy sometimes to put too much pressure on yourself. You know when it’s your first time in the playoffs and the moment feels big, but I think he really shoulders a lot of that for the team and we just go out there and play our game.”

J.R. Smith grabbed the rebound after James’ block and called timeout with three seconds to go, and Jeff Green made the inbounds pass to James to set up the final shot.

Korver described Wednesday’s finish as “epic” and “amazing.”

Korver was asked what he did on the final play, and his response with a smile was “I set a screen for him and then got out of his way.”

Oladipo respects James’ abilities, but still feels his team can bring the series back to Cleveland on Sunday and win in seven games.

“The series ain’t over,” Oladipo said. “You got to win four games for the series to be over, right? So we got a chance to win on Friday. I don’t think anybody is discouraged or upset. Obviously, it sucks, we want to win.”

Oladipo was held to 12 points on Wednesday with Smith hounding him. Oladipo made 2-of-15 shots from the field, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range, and 7-of-9 free throws.

“I got some pretty good looks,” Oladipo said. “I just feel as though I missed. Credit them. They still did a great job on me, switching out. … I’m looking forward to Friday night.”

James’ game-winner from just beyond the top of the arc brought back memories of a 3-pointer at the buzzer to top the Orlando Magic in the playoffs in 2009.

“I was here with my family,” Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr. said. “I remember watching that shot. How do you describe something like that? It was really cool.”

Cavs center Kevin Love said “it was great to be a part” of Wednesday’s game.

“[LeBron] does it on both ends every single night, and that’s why he’s the best player in the world,” Love said.

“We wanted to free up Bron [on the final possession] as best we could, and 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], but, yeah, going to his left and rising without a pump fake, he was in a good rhythm and hit an amazing shot.

“Tonight is one we’re going to definitely enjoy because of the manner we won it in and we took control of the series, it being 3-2 now, but we know we’re going to have a tough one on the road in Indiana on Friday.”

Smith recalled watching James make game-winners, against Minnesota this season, and in past years in the regular season at Washington and in the playoffs at Chicago.

“Yeah, this one sticks out in my mind,” Smith said. “It’s the playoffs. It’s a 2-2 series, trying to win at home, they came in here and took homecourt advantage from us, then for him to go out and hit that shot to go back into Indy up one, it’s definitely different.

“For whatever reason, he just likes getting into that stepback [3-point shot]. From watching so many games, he’s using it extremely effectively. For him to put that into his game in year 15 and feel confident making it in the playoffs, that says a lot.

“Every time he steps on the floor, you’ve got to expect something amazing to happen.”

And Wednesday night, James delivered two amazing moments that gave his team a win.

Michael Beaven can be reached at mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com.