Spurs play with six players on final possession against Mavericks



Down two and without the ball, the Spurs faced dismal odds of beating the Mavericks in the closing seconds of Game 6 Friday, but Monta Ellis – in an attempt to run out the clock – threw the ball out of bounds with 1.3 seconds left. San Antonio’s chances improve a bit.

They improved much more when the Spurs ran their next play with six players.

Boris Diaw’s deep pass was tipped out of bounds by Ellis, giving San Antonio an inbound inside halfcourt with 0.4 seconds left.Maybe the Mavericks would have intercept the ball if they didn’t have to guard six players.

A lot of confusion about substitutions preceded the final play as Ellis frantically held up six fingers. It’s unclear whether he was complaining the Spurs just inbounded the ball with six players or were trying to do it again.

Eventually, Kawhi Leonard went to the bench, San Antonio inbounded once more without getting off a shot and the Mavericks won 113-111 to set up a Game 7 Sunday.

Oh, and as I’m sure you guessed if you’ve watched these playoffs so far, the referees let all this unfold without a call.

(hat tip: Deadspin)

John Wall drops J.R. Smith with crossover, makes layup (VIDEO)

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John Wall is one of the hardest players to guard in the NBA. J.R. Smith found that out the hard way on Tuesday night when Wall sent him flying with a behind-the-back dribble before making an easy layup.

The Wizards beat the Cavs, who are now 13-5 on the season.

Sixers to retire Moses Malone’s number next season

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Kobe Bryant‘s pregame tribute video stole the show in Philadelphia, but Tuesday night was Moses Malone tribute night. The former league MVP and Hall of Famer passed away in September, and his legacy was honored by the Sixers during a halftime ceremony. During the festivities, Malone’s son announced that his No. 2 will be retired by the organization next season.

There’s no question that Malone, one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, deserves to have his number retired. The only relevant question is: why didn’t this happen years ago? The ceremony next season should be good, but it would have been better if they had done it when Malone was alive to participate in it. No Sixers player has worn No. 2 since Malone anyway, but it’s been over 20 years since he last wore a Sixers jersey. Why couldn’t they have found some time in those two decades to have a ceremony and hang a banner?

LeBron James with two-handed halfcourt bounce pass for assist (VIDEO)

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Perhaps LeBron James‘ most underappreciated skill has been his passing. He is rightly hailed as the most unselfish superstar of his generation, but being a willing passer is only part of it: he’s also as good at it as any point guard in the league. Case in point: this two-handed halfcourt bounce pass on Tuesday night, finding Richard Jefferson for an easy dunk:

Kobe gets great introduction, loud ovation in Philadelphia

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Kobe Bryant‘s relationship with his hometown of Philadelphia had its rocky sections — the Kobe’s Lakers beat the Sixers in the 2001 Finals, and then Kobe was booed during the 2002 All-Star Game —  but all was forgiven on Tuesday night.

In his final trip to Philly, he was given a framed Lower Merion High School jersey — that’s Kobe’s school, in case you forgot — and it was presented by Dr. J.

Then the fans welcomed him like you see above.

That pumped up Kobe, who scored 13 first quarter points on 5-of-10 shooting, his best quarter of the season.