VIDEO: Markieff Morris pulls off JR Smith blunder in final seconds of Game 5
Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris could have a hard time sleeping tonight.
He committed a highly crucial blunder in the dying seconds of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, allowing the Miami Heat to escape with a pulsating 111-108 victory and keep their flatlining hopes alive.
With only 16.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter and down by a point, 109-108, the Lakers had a golden chance to steal the win and walk away with the much-coveted title. LeBron James drove hard to the right but was immediately met by a double team. He kicked it out to the top of the key to Danny Green, who missed the wide-open three-pointer. Morris grabbed the offensive rebound to give the Purple and Gold another chance. But he panicked and threw a wayward pass to Anthony Davis, which sailed way above and went out of bounds.
LeBron foi perfeito nesse lance. Danny Green ficou SOZINHO.
— King James Brasil (@Le_BR_on) October 10, 2020
After the costly error, the 31-year-old Morris was seen saying: “My fault.” LeBron, meanwhile, dropped his shoulders in frustration.
The Lakers were forced to foul in the ensuing possession and Heat rookie sensation Tyler Herro calmly drained two free throws to finish the game and extend the series.
Because of his late-game gaffe, the biggest of his three turnovers in Game 5, Morris got roasted on Twitter.
Markieff Morris really threw the ball to no one in the closing moments of a potential Finals-clinching win and then said "My bad" lololololololol
— Nick Kostos (@TheKostos) October 10, 2020
MARKIEFF MORRIS PANICKED ON THE TRIGGER LIKE SHYNE IN THE CLUB!! 🤦🏾♂️
— TheyCallMeBigL.A. (@LuckyLuciousP) October 10, 2020
Markieff Morris robbed us of an iconic finish and I'm disappointed.
— Matt Reynoldson (@Matt_Reynoldson) October 10, 2020
I would not want to be Danny Green or Markieff Morris in that locker room tonight.
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) October 10, 2020
Overall, Morris had a forgettable stint for the Lakers in Game 5, failing to score a single point as he missed both of his shots. He only grabbed a single rebound in 23 minutes. He also got burned by Jimmy Butler in a crucial stretch as the Heat’s All-Star wingman scored on Morris in successive sessions.