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The Hornets had been robbed by an apparent referee screw up

It’s secure to say the Charlotte Hornets are actually, actually dangerous relating to additional time. The younger workforce is now 0-6 in additional time, worst within the NBA — however on Thursday night time, it wasn’t actually their fault.

The Hornets pushed the Warmth to the restrict, shutting down Jimmy Butler and leaping out to an enormous second half lead. They noticed it whittled away within the fourth quarter, however nonetheless gave the impression to be doing sufficient to beat one of many East’s high groups. LaMelo Ball was cooking, on tempo for a triple double, with Miles Bridges persevering with to claim his famous person credentials. Then in additional time, this occurred.

Kyle Lowry hit a “three” with 2:02 left within the first additional time. It was clear to everybody that Lowry’s foot wasn’t simply on the road, it was half over it. There was completely no approach this could have been given three factors, however Charlotte inbounded the ball, eradicating the prospect for a replay and the referees didn’t have any doubt they made the precise name.

They need to have had some doubt on behalf of officers, as a result of everybody else knew they tousled.

The primary additional time ended tied at 97-97. If Lowry’s shot was known as appropriately, the Warmth would have misplaced by one. As a substitute the sport went to a different additional time interval, Ball fouled out, and as quickly as that occurred it was clear the sport was over.

The Warmth went on to win 111-107, and the Hornets now discover themselves at ninth within the East, languishing in the course of a 1-9 stretch over their final 10 video games that’s collapsing their season. In the meantime, Miami is now tied with the Bulls for first place within the East coming into the All Star break, when a loss would have put them in second.

If this finally ends up being a distinction maker between the Hornets making the playoffs and falling out once more, then my goodness is that this recreation going to be much more controversial.

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