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Clock stops for 11-12 seconds in 4th quarter of Lakers-Spurs

DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James

Monday night’s regular season showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs brought plenty of drama. A late-game rally that ended with a LeBron James game-tying 3-pointer to send it to overtime, a missed timeout call by the officials and now a clock malfunction that could have given the Spurs an unfair advantage.

As seen in the video above, San Antonio’s Patty Mills collects the defensive rebound at the 0:03 second mark, but releases the ball by the 0:25 mark, making it a 22-second possession more or less, despite the shot clock displaying 13 seconds available to them. The clock stops for 12 whole seconds before it starts running again during that possession.

No harm, no foul on this one.

But the play could have had major consequences for the Lakers’ eventual comeback, as LeBron James’ game-tying trifecta didn’t come around until the last 3.3 seconds of the game.

The referees also got their fair share of blame for the outcome, as coach Luke Walton was irate at the lack of foul calls for his players after scoring 74 points in the paint.

NBA officials are still adjusting to the pace of play while ensuring to enforce the points of emphasis the league has put forth for this 2018-19 season.

Surely this game had it all — big stars, big shots, extra basketball and endless drama.

The Lakers (0-3) will get their next chance at a win on Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns (1-2) on the road before taking on the undefeated Denver Nuggets (3-0) at home at the Staples Center.