After Otto Porter's slash through the lane for a dunk -- courtesy of a great read by Jared Dudley who passed up his own three-pointer for the easy bucket on a bounce pass -- pulled the Wizards to 111-110 of the New York Knicks, optimism about another close victory turned to despair, causing John Wall to launch into a tirade because what appeared to be a blown call by game official Kevin Scott.
Lance Thomas inbounded the ball to Langston Galloway, but Wall came from behind for the strip to knock the ball off his right knee. Galloway went to the floor to recover it on the baseline, in front of Scott who granted him a 20-second timeout with 21.5 seconds left. But Porter had converged on him with Wall, and as Galloway goes down, the ball slips from under his right arm. He didn't have control at that point and at worst it probably should've been a jump ball. The fingertips on his left hand might've even touched out of bounds (not clear on replay).
It probably was difficult for Scott to tell in a real-time scramble. There was a lot of havoc. But when the timeout is granted, what's obvious is that Galloway's outstretched right foot out is clearly out of bounds. If called, that would've resulted in the Wizards' ball and a chance to take the lead.
Wall's outburst about the no-call could've resulted in a technical foul as he yelled to another official, Gary Zielinski as he walked to his own bench. Wall said he was told by officials that the play was not reviewable by the NBA's Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J.
The Knicks closed out the game with six made free throws for a 117-110 victory to ruin the Wizards' home opener.
"It was terrible," Wall said of the result of the play. "I smacked it off his leg and then his hand was out of bounds as he was trying to grab the ball. Then, the ball was on his back. He didn't have it in his arms and they just went on and called a timeout."
When games are within five points in the last two minutes, the NBA will release a report on how it was called down the stretch by 5 p.m. ET the next day. It'll list correct calls and incorrect calls. Also, it will point out missed calls as it did in the Wizards' first game at the Orlando Magic, an 88-87 victory. The league determined Nikola Vucevic, on the game's final shot, traveled first and the attempt should've been waved off. Luckily for the Wizards, he missed.
The report, however, doesn't change the result of the game.