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The Los Angeles Lakers had a wide-open look to grab the lead—and potentially the title—with less than 16 seconds to play in Game 5 of the 2020 NBA Finals on Friday, but their night ended in a 111-108 defeat against the Miami Heat.
The ball was in the hands of one of their best sharpshooters in Danny Green, who had a chance to become an L.A. hero after LeBron drew the defense toward the basket and kicked a no-look pass out to the top of the key.
But Green’s shot wouldn’t fall, and a rebound into the hands of Markieff Morris quickly became a Lakers turnover. Instead of celebrating its 17th title in franchise history, Los Angeles will begin preparing for Game 6.
Green is a career 40 percent shooter from behind the arc and is shooting 33 percent from three this postseason.
“It was a little bit of luck that Danny Green missed that shot at the top of the key,” Heat star Jimmy Butler said in an on-court interview after the game.
That luck was compounded by Morris’ unforced error, putting the ball back in Miami’s possession.
Green finished the night with eight points while hitting just three of eight field goals, including two of five from behind the arc, over 24 minutes. Morris played 23 minutes without scoring a point. He picked up four fouls while turning the ball over three times.
Asked what he’ll say to both Morris and Green about the final moments, James said there are no words needed.
“They’re vets,” James responded. “I don’t think too much needs to be said to them.”
Game 6 is set for Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.