Hornets guard Troy Daniels hit the second biggest shot of his career last night, a game-winning 3-pointer in double overtime against the Kings.
One problem: He should’ve been called for travelling.
NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:
Daniels (CHA) moves his pivot foot prior to releasing the jump shot.
A correct call would’ve given Sacramento the ball with a two-point lead and 11.5 seconds left. The officials’ error probably determined the game’s winner.
But before the Kings grab their torches and pitchforks, they ought to realize they might not have even held that lead without other blown calls.
With Sacramento down two late in the first overtime, Cousins drew a Frank Kaminsky foul with P.J. Hairston also defending the Kings center. But it shouldn’t have been a foul, according to the NBA:
Kaminsky (CHA) maintains legal guarding position and legally contests Cousins’ (SAC) layup attempt. As Cousins attempts the layup he initiates any contact with Hairston’s (CHA) arm.
Cousins made a pair of free throws to force a second overtime.
Daniels missed a 3-pointer early in the second overtime, but the NBA ruled Rajon Rondo should’ve been called for a shooting foul:
Rondo (SAC) walks under Daniels (CHA) and does not allow him the room to land following his jump shot attempt.
The Hornets came up empty on that possession. Surely, three free throws from Daniels would’ve netted more points.
To be fair, a fourth missed call in the final 12 minutes went in Charlotte’s favor.
Later in the second quarter, Willie Cauley-Stein was called for offensively fouling Kemba Walker. The whistle was incorrect, according to the NBA:
Hairston (CHA) pushes Cauley-Stein (SAC) as he attempts to set the screen causing him to continue moving into Walker (CHA).
A correct call would’ve given the Kings another chance to score against Charlotte’s defense, but that’s all. This one doesn’t rate as nearly as impactful as the missed foul call on Daniel’s 3-pointer.
You could argue how to spin these admissions from the league.
It would have been hard for the Kings even to reach the second overtime – let alone build a two point lead with 11.9 seconds left – if this game were called correctly.
But, once the game progressed that far, it would’ve been even harder for the Hornets to win if Daniels’ travel were whistled.