But he had help – including from the referees.
The NBA’s Last Two Minute Report revealed two incorrect calls – both important, both in Charlotte’s favor.
The first came with a minute left in the first overtime:
Batum (CHA) grabs and holds Hayward (UTA) affecting his ability to cleanly catch the inbounds pass
That would’ve given the Jazz a free throw and the ball.
Still, they forced second overtime – only to get hosed on another key call.
Zeller (CHA) pushes Burke (UTA) affecting his ability to save the ball from going OOB.
Instead of Utah getting the ball, Charlotte kept it.
Then, for good measure, Walker hit a 3-pointer to give the Hornets a six-point lead – the biggest in the game’s final 16 minutes.