The Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Clippers are both missing star players, one team just happens to be dealing with the situation a little better. The pair petitioned the officials for a while but the explanation Beal and Brooks received was as confusing as the game's final 1.1 seconds.
They inbounded the ball on the sideline with 1.2 seconds left and Beal hit the potential winning baseline jumper, which was waived off because the game clock started a couple tenths of a second too soon.
He leads the league in points off the bench at 17.8 per game and after becoming the 96th player to amass 1,000 three-pointers in his career on Thursday added four more to take his tally to 1,007.
With Bradley Beal guarding him, Williams unleashed the victor from the top of the key, capping a wild final 12 seconds in which both teams traded leads on clutch plays. When Doc asked me I told him I was ready to go.
"We had a clock malfunction, early start", officiating crew chief Bill Spooner said. That doesn't make much sense, but those are the National Basketball Association rules.
"By rule, it's a clock malfunction, early start and we have certain protocol to do on that play, which should have meant 0.1 rather than 1.1".
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Beal called it "a freak rule" and said it didn't make sense because the Wizards had his basket taken away.
And, yes, Williams got to his left on the deft move, pulling up for a 29-foot jumper that settled into the nets with 1.2 seconds left, giving the Clippers a 113-112 lead that turned out to be final score. Both Morris and starting point guard Tim Frazier sat through the fourth quarter, in place of more productive subs.
See the video of Williams' shot below. The ball was placed in the corner. He made four 3-pointers before Porter pulled the Wizards into a 75-all tie on a free throw.
The loss wasted season highs for reserves Mike Scott (22) and Ian Mahinmi (14) as well as a strong afternoon for Satoransky who contributed 11 points and six assists.
Williams had labored for 37 minutes and two seconds.
Williams is the NBA's leading scorer off the bench and he's been on a roll in his last six games, scoring at least 18 points in each of them. First, Beal shared his side. They planned to work him out again Sunday and if that goes well then it's anticipated that he could play Monday against the Toronto Raptors for the first time since suffering a plantar fascia injury to his left foot October 21. He practiced Friday, worked out Saturday and will work again Sunday.