Lucky to get out of Detroit with a 97-95 win, the Wizards overcame a five-second call on Otto Porter on an inbound attempt Saturday. Sunday, the league determined that it never should've come to that because the violation was incorrectly called by game officials.
"A violation is called prior to five seconds elapsing on the inbounds play," stated the report, released on the following day by the NBA for games that were within five points or less in the final two minutes. The game officials were Monty McCutchen, Matt Boland and Mitchell Ervin.
As a result, the Pistons were in position to tie or win in the final 9.2 seconds. What should've happened: Porter's timeout request should've been granted and the Wizards would've had another chance to inbound the ball. The Pistons would've taken a foul to send a Wizards player to the foul line for two shots and a chance to make it a two-possession lead for a less dramatic finish.
Also the NBA determined that Andre Drummond, observed here during last night's game, camped out in the lane on the final shot by Marcus Morris.
Because the clock expired and the game was over after Morris' shot came down, the league labels the violation "incidental or immaterial" in the report but went on to say that "Drummond is in the paint for longer than 3 seconds."
What the report doesn't address is the clock stopping for 11 seconds during an inbound play for the Pistons because that occurred at 3:42. It also doesn't touch on the tied up ball with Marcin Gortat, after he rebounded a miss by Bradley Beal, and Morris at 2:17 and the Wizards leading 94-91.
Officials incorrectly allowed Drummond to jump for the ball with Gortat instead, the Pistons won the tip and were able to get two extra shots as a result.
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