Down by a basket late in the fourth quarter to the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, the Cleveland Cavaliers gave the ball to LeBron James and entrusted him with the outcome.
James then coughed up the rock, and that was that.
The defending champs escaped with a 92-90 win Wednesday night.
Per the NOMG:
Immediately after the last second ticked off the clock, James turned to his teammates, patted his chest and said “My bad” as they headed toward the locker room.
“We had an opportunity to tie the game or win it and you want to at least give yourself an opportunity,” James said. “For me, give myself an opportunity to make a shot or get somebody a look. I turned the ball over and I was the first person to acknowledge that’s my fault.”
“Kawhi (Leonard) is a really, really good defender and T.D. (Tim Duncan) is kind of always protecting the paint,” James said. “They want everybody in the paint to try to make it tough on me. I missed some shots. They did a great job forcing me into some tougher shots that didn’t go for me.”