Those looking for solace in the NBA's last two minute report from Saturday's Wizards loss to the Clippers were disappointed on Sunday as the league has confirmed the ruling and explanation from the officiating crew.
The Wizards were affected by a mistake made by the clock operator in L.A. With 1.2 seconds left, the clock started early before the Wizards passed the ball inbounds to attempt a game-tying shot. The refs put 1.1 seconds back on the clock, but the Wizards were unsuccessful in their second try.
As referee Bill Spooner explained following the game on Saturday, the rules dicate the Wizards should have been given 0.1 seconds on the clock instead of 1.1 and that's exactly how the NBA saw things in their last two minute report:
"After communicating with the Replay Center, it is determined that 0.1 seconds ran off the clock prior to the ball being legally touched. Since the basket by Beal (WAS) was scored after he game clock had expired, the Wizards retain possession on the sideline nearest the point of interruption and the game clock is incorrectly reset to 00:01.1 instead of 00:00.1, which is the amount of lost time."
Here is the play in question:
Here's a look at the controversial last play between the Wizards and Clippers today. The clock clearly started early. pic.twitter.com/jVpRSuD2Qy— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) December 10, 2017
The Wizards were technically screwed by the clock starting early, but in the league's eyes it wasn't as bad as Wizards fans may argue.
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