'You live with it' LeBron says after Green's miss
(Reuters) - Danny Green's three-point attempt at the end of game five of the NBA Finals that would have given the Los Angeles Lakers the lead and possibly the championship was the right game, LeBron James said Friday.
With ten seconds to go, James drove to the basket and pulled two defenders from Miami Heat.
Rather than attempting a shot himself, James passed the ball on to Green, who couldn't catch it cleanly, and forced him to dribble once before firing the missed shot.
The Lakers had the rebound but flipped the ball on a bad pass and never threatened again as the heat brought in a 111-108 win and reduced the Lakers lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
"I could pull two defenders below the free throw line and find one of our shooters on top of the key for a wide open three to win a championship," said James.
"I trusted him and it just didn't go. You live with it. It's one of the best shots we could have done this fourth quarter, especially on the track with two guys on me.
"Danny had a damn good look, it just didn't go down. I know he wishes he could have it back. I wish I could make a better passport. But you just live with it."
The miss was an exciting game with seven changes in leadership in the last three minutes when James (40 points, 13 rebounds) dueled Jimmy Butler (35 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists).
The Lakers will look to end the series on Sunday while the Heat will try to force a Game Seven as they look to become just the second team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in NBA Final history .
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Richard Pullin)
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