There is etiquette to the end of NBA games — if your team is going to win you don’t celebrate with a dunk or three, you dribble it out, hand the ball to the referee and walk off.
The Sixers were up 109-104 on the Lakers with about five seconds left in the game Sunday when the Lakers missed a shot and the Sixers tapped the ball out to midcourt. Decorum suggests just dribbling it out.
Evan Turner got it and dunked it, a reverse slam exclamation point on the Sixers’ win.
He realized his mistake and tried to apologize to the Lakers, Turner told Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com.
“I really thought there was 10 or 15 seconds left, so I didn’t think much of it until I came down,” Turner said. “Then I saw that it was .4 seconds and then I realized I was trippin’.”
“I apologized, and said I made a mistake,” Turner continued. “We are grown men. I shook hands. Nobody had anything to say so I am not going to worry too much about it.”
Shawne Williams seemed to want nothing to do with Turner’s apology; Nick Young had a look on his face like he wasn’t pleased.
But the Lakers have a lot to be frustrated about. This is a team that has lost five in a row and is without Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and lost Xavier Henry to a knee sprain earlier in the game (MRI coming Monday).