Friday December 18th, 2015

A potential game-winning three-pointer by DeMar DeRozan was erased by what turned out to be a game-losing timeout call.

Charlotte beat Toronto 109–99 in overtime at home after multiple members of the Raptors called timeout to nullify a DeRozan three at the end of regulation.

With five seconds remaining and the score tied at 90, DeRozan came up with the loose ball after Hornets guard Kemba Walker committed a turnover the ball near the three-point line. DeRozan immediately took off for the races and, sensing time was about to run out, pulled up just inside the half-court line for a one-legged three. His shot, which was lightly contested by Jeremy Lamb, swished through with 0.7 seconds remaining.

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Unfortunately for Toronto, the referees quickly waved off the bucket, as Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and coach Dwane Casey could be seen calling for a timeout as soon as DeRozan got possession of the ball.

Lowry couldn’t hit a difficult three-pointer on the ensuing inbounds play, sending the game to overtime, where the Hornets prevailed.

Jeremy Lin led Charlotte with a game-high 35 points on 13-of-22 shooting, five rebounds and four assists. Walker added 27 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

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 DeRozan paced Toronto with a team-high 31 points on 12-of-25 shooting, five assists and four rebounds. Lowry added 20 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

 

Charlotte improved to 15–10 while Toronto fell to 16–11. 

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