Spurs With 6 Players on Court, Referees Don’t Realize


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Attempting to run out the clock and seal the team’s victory, Mavericks guard Monta Ellis fired the ball across the court. Yet, there were still 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation, allowing the Spurs to inbound the ball. Inexplicably, however, six Spurs’ players were on the court. As the SB Nation graphic above points out, there are five men over or right by the half-court line and one player taking out the ball from the further baseline.

The referees didn’t notice until Ellis called it to their attention with 0.4 seconds left. Though this may have given San Antonio a competitive advantage, the strange incident did not alter the outcome of the game. The Mavs defeated the Spurs 113-111.