The Orlando Magic suffered a 108-107 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night but they were far from happy with the manner of the defeat because of a bizarre ending to the game.
After the Lakers had blown a nine-point advantage in the final two minutes - when they allowed Orlando to go on a 10-0 run to take a 107-106 lead with five seconds left - Brook Lopez was fouled on the next possession and hit two free-throws to regain the lead and set the stage for the strange finish.
With six-tenths of a second left, the Magic inbounded the ball at midcourt with a lob into the paint, but the clock started prematurely, and the buzzer sounded as the ball was still in the air, before it touched anyone or anything.
Because there was an error with the clock, the officials decided that both teams must contest a jump-ball at centre court.
Lopez tapped the ball away to safety and the Lakers secured the win as time quickly expired.
Orlando's Aaron Gordon gave an angry response after the game, claiming that his team had been "cheated" out of a win.
"We feel cheated," Gordon said, per ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk. "... They gave them the game. ... It's just a terrible end to a game of basketball. They didn't even give us a chance to win. And that's the last time we see them [the Lakers].
"We have to wait a year to play them again. They [the NBA] have gotta change that rule, and I think they will."
The power forward - who finished the game with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds - went on to say that he felt the referees gave the home team the win and urged the NBA to change the ruling.
"I mean, obviously you have to change the rule," Gordon said. "It's an inadvertent whistle. A foul down the stretch [before that]. We just played perfect defence and they called a foul.
"They gave them the game. For the most part, the referees did a good job throughout the game. Just down that stretch, it's bad.
"It's bad. So they have gotta change the rule -- inadvertent whistle. They didn't even give us a chance to win the game. That's not how you play. That's not how the game of basketball should go."
It was a very weird way to end the game and we can possibly expect an explanation from the league at some point to clear things up and make sense of what happened.
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