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VIDEO: Lakers’ Dwight Howard fails to fool Talen Horton-Tucker to commit last-second turnover

Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers tried to force Talen Horton-Tucker to commit a last-second turnover in their win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. However, the rookie wasn’t having any of it.

The Lakers had the victory sealed with just 25 seconds left in the game. As a showcase of sportsmanship, the Purple and Gold opted to let the shot clock expire. Committing a turnover at that point was trivial. But Howard, the veteran that he is, didn’t want to mar his statistics — especially on his birthday.

It’s a common yet ruthless practice among players. With the clock about to expire and the victory well in the bag, some opt to pass it to another teammate so as not to commit a personal turnover.

As seen in the clip, however, Horton-Tucker is very much aware of the malpractice. He wants his turnover slate to be as clean as possible, and he doesn’t care if Howard is celebrating his special day.

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