The two-minute report also notes Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic getting away with two key violations.
Nurkic should have been called for a defensive three-second violation with 37.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter, per the league:
Nurkic (POR) is in the paint without actively guarding an opponent for longer than three seconds.
Nurkic’s presence in the paint helped force Bradley Beal into a jumper, which he missed.
A correct call would’ve given the Wizards a single free throw and a fresh shot clock.
Nurkic also got away with a double dribble with 1:13 left, according to the league:
Nurkic (POR) takes an additional dribble after having picked up his dribble.
Instead of a Trail Blazers turnover, Damian Lillard scored on that possession.
Beal got away with a foul on Portland’s next possession, but Lillard scored again anyway. That took care of itself.
Before Morris stepping out of bounds, Nurkic’s violations were the only two significant missed calls in the two-minute report. Fix either, and there’s a good chance the Wizards are already up or in the locker room celebrating a regulation win and don’t need Morris’ final shot.
Devin Booker drops 70 points for Suns in loss to Celtics (VIDEO)
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker is just 20 years old. He’s a League Pass favorite, and indeed he should be a favorite in Phoenix for years to come. On Friday, Booker dropped 70 points — yes, 70 — in a loss to the Boston Celtics.
Booker’s 70 points is the best outing of the season. It also made him the youngest player to ever reach 70 points.
His final stat line, as you might imagine, was ridiculous. Booker shot 21-of-40 from the field, going 4-of-11 on 3-pointers and a whopping 24-of-26 from the free-throw line. The Suns phenom also grabbed eight rebounds to go with six assists.
Former Atlanta Hawk Pero Antic is now playing for Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce, in case you were not aware.
Fenerbahce was facing Anadolu Efes in a EuroLeague game, it was tight late and former NBA player Ekpe Udoh was at the free throw line for Fenerbahce. He missed his second shot, but the rebound caromed out-of-bounds off an Anadolu Efes player. Antic was pumped.
Maybe a little too pumped.
When you're so happy that you can't control your hands 🙈
The Lakers had been shopping Lou Williams around in the run-up to the trade deadline, the only question was would they get a first-round pick for him. Rumors around the league say that Houston had offered them one weeks before, it was on the table, but the Jim Buss/Mitch Kupchak front office held their cards close and hoped a better deal would come through.
“When James called, he asked me if I was interested in playing with them,” Williams told The Vertical. “I told him that I loved the Lakers, but James and them have a group that fit my personality, fit how I play. He said he was going to make it happen.”
Williams then laughed, sitting on the edge of a visiting court following a recent practice. “I’ve heard that before, so I didn’t really put stock into it,” Williams told The Vertical. “I guess James did put the word in, and the team made it happen.”
We all know what happened, Jeanie Buss removed her brother and Kupchak a few days before the trade deadline, Magic Johnston stepped in, called around, and quickly pulled the trigger on a trade that sent Williams to Houston (the Lakers also got Corey Brewer). Williams has averaged 14.5 points per game and had some strong performances with the Rockets, although he’s still finding his groove with the team on the court. Still, he’s been an upgrade for the Rockets’ bench.
Harden knew he would be, so he did his part to make sure it happened.