Video: Sixers' Evan Turner apologizes to Lakers after unnecessary last-second dunk
Turner's exclamation point slam was a sight to behold, but it was also a clear late-game etiquette violation, and the fourth-year guard went out of his way to make amends to multiple Lakers who seemed miffed by the unnecessary dunk.
With just five seconds remaining and the Sixers leading 109-104, Philadelphia cleared a defensive rebound and it was time to run out the clock. Turner had a different plan, though, sprinting out into the open court as the Lakers prepared to walk off the court. Approaching the paint with no defenders around him, Turner launched into a 360 windmill dunk that went home with just 0.8 seconds remaining. The slam gave Philadelphia a seven-point lead.
As he jogged back down the court, Turner finally realized the time/score situation, and he put both of his hands up as he looked at the Lakers bench in dismay. He patted his chest, as if to say "My bad," and he approached Jordan Hill, Shawne Williams, Jodie Meeks and Nick Young individually to offer individual apologies.
Williams simply ignored Turner, and Young looked none too pleased either. L.A.'s frustration was understandable: the Lakers were playing without Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Steve Blake, they lost Xavier Henry to a knee strain during the game, and the defeat marked the team's fifth straight loss. If ever there was a bad time for a showboating, stat-padding faux pas in garbage time, this was it.
CSNPhilly.com reported that Turner further apologized in his post-game comments.
“I really thought there was 10 or 15 seconds left, so I didn’t think much of it until I came down,” Turner said. “Then I saw that it was .4 seconds and then I realized I was trippin'.”
“I apologized, and said I made a mistake,” Turner continued. “We are grown men. I shook hands. Nobody had anything to say so I am not going to worry too much about it.”
Turner finished with 22 points (on 9-for-19 shooting), seven rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes. Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 25 points (on 10-for-21 shooting) and nine rebounds.
Young scored a game-high 26 points (on 6-for-21 shooting) and grabbed six rebounds. Hill added 18 points (on 6-for-14 shooting) and 13 rebounds.
Philadelphia improved to 9-21 with the win; L.A. dropped to 13-18 with the loss. Video via YouTube user gumbywithpokey