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NBA: Final shot vs. Wizards shouldn't have counted had it gone in


NBA: Final shot vs. Wizards shouldn't have counted had it gone in

ORLANDO -- The NBA released it's report on the last two minutes of the Wizards' regular-season opening win vs. the Magic on Thursday, and it doesn't clarify the confusion when it comes to an overturned goal-tending call. But what it does say is the final shot attempt from Nikola Vucevic should've been waved off.

The goaltending call: With the Magic trailing 88-87, Tobias Harris drove on Otto Porter, lofted his shot over the help defense of Marcin Gortat as it hung on the back of the rim. Gortat missed the block and slapped the glass. Bradley Beal of the Wizards and Vucevic went for the rebound. Vucevic got there first. He restrained himself on the first jump, but on the second one he clearly touched the ball. Then Beal, who was behind Vucevic, hit it after it cleared the cylinder.

The confusion: The goaltend was originally assessed to Gortat, though the player in question was Beal. And in the pool report distributed to media after the game, there's a reference to an "illegal touch" -- the name of the player isn't specified but it's safe to guess it was a reference to Beal -- that was then deemed to be "a legal touch" upon review by the Replay Center in Secausus, N.J., which makes the final determination.

The confusion, part II: The Magic, not the Wizards were awarded the ball with 3.5 seconds left for a final shot attempt. It appears that happened because Victor Oladipo ended up with the ball in the scramble for the ball. It wasn't a jump ball situation which seemed to be the fair solution if Vucevic isn't deemed the "illegal" toucher (though he should've been which should've given the ball to Washington).

Imagine the talking points Thursday had the Wizards lost as a result of a final shot for the Magic that shouldn't have happened?

"I have no idea. I got a call into the league. Never heard of illegal touching," Wittman said after Thursday's practice. "I told the refs, ‘If it’s illegal then it’s not fair’. What is illegal? I think they meant it was a legal touch. Looking at it, the ball was coming off the rim when Vucevic touched it. I think they meant they blew the whistle saying it was goaltending on us, so they had that wrong. But I think they mean it was a legal touch (by Beal). They said it wrong."

Orlando had one more shot at it, and Vucevic was the player singled out in the report. When a game is within five points in the final two minutes, the NBA releases the officiating reports.

Vucevic caught the inbound, gave an up-fake to Gortat, split his feet before putting the ball on the floor -- a traveling violation because he picks up both feet simultaneously -- and pulls up for a foul line jumper that wasn't close. 

The league says the violation was "observable in enhanced video," which can be interpreted as that it wasn't observable otherwise.

MORE: Battle scars already mounting for Bradley Beal

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

It was a short night for Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the 2018 All-Star three-point contest on Saturday, as he was eliminated in the first round.

Wearing the Wizards' new 'The District' white alternate jersey, Beal shot a 15 and fell short of the top three spots to qualify for the second round. Suns guard Devin Booker won the contest with a 28 score in the final, beating out Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Clippers.


Beal's was undone by a slow start. He missed all five shots on the first rack and made just one on the second. He began to heat up at the third rack, but by then couldn't recover.

Here is Beal's full round:

This was Beal's second showing in the three-point contest. He finished second back in 2014 and this year said he was motivated to avenge that loss. He should have plenty more opportunities to participate in the future if he chooses.

The NBA's All-Star Saturday night began with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie winning the skills competition. He beat Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen in the final round.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest. He edged Larry Nance, Jr. of the Cavaliers in the finals.


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2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition set for Los Angeles.

Here is all you need to know: TV and live stream info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:


Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)


Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.


Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.


Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.