The Lakers dropped the Thunder 138-128 in overtime Thursday, but Lonzo Ball did his best to give Oklahoma City a chance.
Up 122-119 with less than five seconds to play, the Lakers wanted to foul and take the 3-point possibility out of the Thunder’s hands.
And Ball did foul — just like his teammates and coach were telling him to do from the sideline. The problem, however, was he managed to let time run off the clock and fouled Russell Westbrook in the act of shooting, which put him on the line with a chance to tie the game.
Zo’s last second foul on Russ had Luke Walton baffled… pic.twitter.com/ZzRhiYULFf
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 18, 2019
Westbrook did just that by knocking down all three shots.
In fairness to Ball, Westbrook may not have actually been in the act of shooting. He threw up a shot when Ball touched him and he appeared to be on the ground when doing so. But the referee called the foul despite LeBron James’ confusion online.
“So what really is “in the shooting motion” rule?!?!?” James wrote on Twitter. “Asking for a friend @OfficialNBARefs”
So what really is “in the shooting motion” rule?!?!? Asking for a friend @OfficialNBARefs 🤔
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 18, 2019
It was an unfortunate, and honestly bad play, from Ball, but the good thing was the second-year player came out and hit two 3-pointers to start overtime for the Lakers.
While he extended the team’s game, he made sure it wouldn’t go past one extra frame and the Lakers (25-21) have now won two games in a row and four of their last six. OKC is 26-18 and has lost five of its last six.
Studs of the Night
Suns guard Devin Booker had 30 points, eight assists and two rebounds in a 111-109 loss to the Raptors.
Jimmy Butler had an extremely efficient night in the 76ers’ 120-96 win over the Pacers. He scored 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting, went 6 of 6 from the free-throw line, added eight assists and five rebounds while tallying zero turnovers.
Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay had 25 points, seven rebounds and two assists in the Knicks 101-100 loss to the Wizards.
Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen scored 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting with 10 rebounds in Chicago’s 135-105 loss to the Nuggets.
Dud of the Night
It’s really hard to be minus-13 when you don’t put up a single shot, but Bismack Biyombo pulled it off in the Hornets’ 114-95 win over the Kings.
Pascal Siakam is not the first player you would think of that would hit a game-winning buzzer-beater for the Raptors but that’s exactly what he did in their victory over the Suns.
Warriors (31-14) at Clippers (24-20) 10:30 p.m. ET — It’s DeMarcus Cousins’ Warriors debut. How could you not watch this game? The Warriors already set scoring records and 3-point records this week without Cousins. Imagine them with him. Now, you don’t have to imagine it, because he’s playing.