NBA's two-minute report confirms correct delay of game call on Timberwolves

Tanya Simon
December 9, 2019

There were a dozen incidental failures that could have swung the outcome. Danilo Gallinari hit the shot to make the score 121-120, but Towns still had a chance to effectively ice the game by simply missing his second free throw intentionally.

But none of that is really germane to the guffaw-worthy punchline that inevitably defined the insipid narrative of this game.

After Gallinari's free throw pulled the Thunder within one, Towns made the next free throw when he meant to miss it. The Thunder would have had to scramble if Towns had missed because they were out of timeouts. On the ensuing inbound pass, Thunder center Steven Adams connected on a full-court assist for Dennis Schroder's game-tying layup to force overtime.

It left the Thunder celebrating and the Timberwolves stunned.

The Thunder ended up winning 139-127 in overtime.

"I ain't never been a part of something like that", Towns said per ESPN.

The league said there were only two incorrect calls in the final two minutes of regulation - both against the Wolves.

"That happens more often than not, and sometimes refs will just be like, 'whatever, ' but that is the rule", Paul said.

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Since that was the second delay-of-game violation for the Timberwolves that night, it resulted in a technical free throw for the Thunder.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander collaborated with 29 goals for the Thunder, who with the victory improved their season record to 9-12.

Jeff Teague led Minnesota with 32 points, nine assists, and five rebounds.

Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said that the Timberwolves played well enough to win.

"We're going to pick ourselves up and be better", he said.

"We had been talking about it a couple of times before".

The Thunder outscored the Timberwolves 36-14 from the free throw line overall.

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