Late-game clock er­ror cost Celtics one se­cond

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL - PRO BAS­KET­BALL — Ava Wal­lace

In the two-minute re­port is­sued Satur­day by the NBA league of­fice an­a­lyz­ing the fi­nal mo­ments of the Wizards’ 92-91, Game 6 vic­tory, it was de­ter­mined Wash­ing­ton ben­e­fited from an er­ror that ran an ex­tra se­cond off the game clock. The Celtics were de­nied an ex­tra se­cond to run their fi­nal play, and the sit­u­a­tion was not re­view­able.

The league rou­tinely re­leases these re­ports for games that are within five points at the two-minute mark.

The play in ques­tion came when the Celtics in­bounded the ball with 3.5 sec­onds re­main­ing and the Wizards hold­ing on to their one-point lead thanks to John Wall’s late three-pointer. Kelly Oubre Jr. fouled Kelly Olynyk as the ball came to Olynyk un­der­neath the bas­ket, and the whis­tle blew with 2.7 sec­onds left — but the game clock didn’t stop for another full se­cond. The Wizards had a foul left to give, mean­ing the Celtics would have to in­bound the ball again. Isa­iah Thomas took the pass and was left to chuck up a prayer af­ter the clock, read­ing 1.7 sec­onds, was started.

“The clock should have been stopped ear­lier au­to­mat­i­cally on the whis­tle or by the neu­tral clock op­er­a­tor,” the NBA con­cluded. “In­stant re­play is not per­mit­ted in this sit­u­a­tion.”

The re­port also re­vealed that the Wizards had two missed calls go against them in the fi­nal minute Fri­day.

First, the league de­ter­mined that Al Hor­ford com­mit­ted an of­fen­sive foul on Bradley Beal with 41.2 sec­onds re­main­ing when set­ting up a screen for Avery Bradley’s jumper that put the Celtics up 89-87. The make should have been dis­al­lowed.

Se­cond, the re­port says Hor­ford should have been called for a de­fen­sive three-sec­onds vi­o­la­tion with 33 sec­onds re­main­ing, a call that when made re­sults in a tech­ni­cal foul and a free throw.

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