L2M report says Nikola Jokic should have been called for five second violation on game winner
Although the game has already been decided, the NBA announced on Friday that Denver Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic should have been whistled for a five second violation during the final play of Thursday night’s 127-124 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Thunder swingman Paul George had just sank a three at the other end of the floor to tie the game at 124. After a called timeout, Jokic assumed his position as the player who would inbound the ball for the Nuggets. Approximately 5.1 seconds elapsed before Jokic hurled the ball across the court to an open Gary Harris for the game-winning three-pointer.
L2M Report rules that Nikola Jokic should have been whistled for a 5 second violation on his inbounds pass with 1.4 seconds to go that led to Gary Harris’ game-winner: “Jokic releases the inbound pass about 5.1 seconds after the ball is at his disposal,” the league said.
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) February 2, 2018
Have a go at the following video to see the sequence in its entirety. Look closely and you’ll notice that Jokic took a few steps while inbounding the ball.
Paul George’s 43 points on 19-26 shooting from the field led the Thunder in the scoring department on Thursday night. Russell Westbrook nearly had triple-double with 20 points, 21 assists, nine rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.
The Thunder, now 30-22 overall and second in the Northwest Division standings, will be back in action on Friday night, as they’re scheduled to host the New Orleans Pelicans inside Chesapeake Energy Arena at 9:00 p.m. EST. Let’s see if they can snap out of their two-game skid.