Lebron James gives a Valentines Day gift in Indianapolis

The Heat's star forward seeks out a young girl who was holding a sign in support of James and gives her his shoes from Miami's 105-90 win over the Pacers on Tuesday night.

INDIANAPOLIS

His perception off the court was as good on it-and that might have been hard to do.

By the time the fourth quarter arrived on Tuesday night Lebron James had found a comfortable seat on the bench next to his teammates at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

That was precipitated by a 23 point-seven assist effort which put the Heat on top of the Pacers by 29 at halftime and by 30 for most of the third quarter.

By the end that margin would dwindle down to just 15 as Miami won its third game in three nights 105-90, but at that point the ever-aware James had his eyes trained somewhere else.

In the section to the right and above the basket at Bankers Life Fieldhouse a young fan had created a sign asking James to be her Valentine. It was scattered amongst other signs both in support and in spite of the superstar, but staring at the stands from the bench something stood out.

"I have good eyes," said James of the sign-which he said he was not told about but rather found on his own in the fourth quarter. "It said 'Will I be her Valentine'."

James accepted, pulling his shoes to his lap and grabbing a pen from the trainer. As the final minutes ticked down he signed the red-and-black sneakers and tied the laces together and waited patiently for the game to end.

Meanwhile he pointed at nine-year old Taylor Sturgill of Cincinnati and instructed security to have her brought to court level. When the final horn sounded, James headed out of the tunnel where he met Sturgill-who was donning his number six jersey.

As if awarding her a medal, Lebron took the shoes and placed it over her shoulders.

"That was special," said James of Sturgill's gesture. "I'd seen her cheering, jumping up and down."

Following the presentation, the young fan stood in the the tunnel with smiling with a bit of a shocked look as well. At the insistence of James, security remained with the Sturgill until her parents arrived to pick her up and check out the new prize.

"I was the lucky one tonight," said James of giving away the shoes-though on this Valentine's Day one nine-year old from Ohio might disagree.

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