ORLANDO -- It appeared that the Magic were about to go ahead 89-88 with 3.5 seconds left in the regular-season opener and possibly end their 10-game losing streak to the Wizards, but the play was overturned by the NBA's replay center in Secaucus, N.J.
Tobias Harris' shot dangled around the rim and Bradley Beal appeared to touch it. After the game, Beal confirmed to CSNmidatlantic.com that he indeed touched the ball. However, it was deemed a legal play. The Magic were given back the ball since they'd collected the rebound and had a final shot that was off-target from Vucevic.
"As you know this year, several players are now reviewed and the ruling is made in the replay center," said Jason Phillips, the crew chief at Amway Center on Wednesday, said in a statement. "This is one of those rules. So, this is one of the plays. So, they made the ruling and said that 'it was a legal touch.'"
In other words, it was determined the ball was out of the cylinder when Beal's hand made contact. But it appeared his contact came after Vucevic, who touched it when it was in the cylinder it appeared. For some reason, Marcin Gortat was listed as the person responsible for the goaltend to confuse matters -- not Beal.
There also was no call against Gortat for slapping the backboard on the play for Washington.
The explanation from Phillips: "By rule again on that, if the backboard is slapped and it doesn't cause an unusual bounce of the ball by rule it's a legal play. And what's what we felt."
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