HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The replay made it clear that LeBron James didn’t get the shot off in time.
His 53-footer at the third quarter buzzer of Tuesday night’s NBA TV Fan Night game between the Heat and Cavaliers was initially ruled no good, despite the replay clearly showing that game clock was started before James touched the ball.
Lead official Ed Malloy overturned the no-good call, after a nearly 10-minute review of the play, and ruled the shot good and the Cavaliers started the fourth quarter with a five-point lead (75-70).
Upon further review, this time from the league office, it was ruled after the game that the shot should not have counted. Stu Jackson, the NBA’s Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations, explains:
Glad we got that cleared up … even if it didn’t end up being the play that totally shifted the momentum of this game, as some folks probably feared it would in that moment.