Apr 30, 2014, 11:37 PM EST
With 4.9 seconds remaining in Raptors-Nets Game 5 and Brooklyn down two points, Andray Blatche missed a free throw but grabbed the rebound.
Then, things got weird (aka Blatchey).
Rather than attempt a game-tying 2-pointer, Blatche dribbled out toward the corner. But before he got beyond the arc, he spun and passed to Deron Williams. The ball sailed over the head of Williams, who ran into the backcourt, picked it up and heaved it dangerously on track toward the rim.
Standing near the basket, Jonas Valanciunas poked the ball on its way down, still allowing it to hit the rim. Valanciunas almost certainly saw a backcourt-violation signal, mostly excusing him. But why risk misreading a referee to make that play?
The officials reviewed the backcourt violation and upheld the call, ruling no Raptor tipped the pass, and gave Toronto the ball.
From there, the game ended relatively quietly. Greivis Vasquez threw the final inbound pass toward the Raptors’ own basket, giving the Nets a chance to steal and shoot from close range. A leaping Williams couldn’t quite intercept the ball, though, and Terrence Ross caught it to finally guarantee a 115-113 Toronto win.
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