That Magic Feeling


The Orlando Magic are furious -- furious I say -- about a bananas ending against the Los Angeles Lakers that in essence took away any chance for the Magic to pull out a last second win. With less than a second left on the clock (0.6 to be exact) and the Lakers up 108-107, the Magic lobbed an inbound pass from half-court for Aaron Gordon. Unfortunately, before the ball touched anyone or anything, the clock started running.

To rectify the situation, the officials had a jump ball. Of course, the only way for the Magic to win at that point was to tip the ball into the basket directly on the jump ball -- from center court. Needless to say, that didn't happen. Brook Lopez tipped the toss, and the clock expired.


Here's the final bizarre second of the Lakers win over the Magic.

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This game was in Los Angeles, so people were quick to blame the clock operator. However, the officials ran the clock.

"We feel cheated," said the Gordon after the game, per ESPN. "... They gave them the game. ... It's just a terrible end to a game of basketball. They didn't even give us a chance to win. And that's the last time we see them. We have to wait a year to play them again. They have gotta change that rule, and I think they will."

Apparently there's a big rivalry between the Magic and Lakers that I'm missing here, because when I think Magic-Lakers I don't think revenge game, and it's hard to imagine that people within the Magic organization are super upset with this ruling. If nothing else, it can only help Orlando's draft stock. However, players don't tank. It's not in their blood. So it's also hard to imagine that Gordon isn't a bit stung by this.