A bizarre scene unfolded Tuesday night between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings, as the two teams to had to take part in a do-over.
At the end of the second quarter, DeMarcus Cousins was fouled underneath the basket. The foul should have put the Kings in the bonus, meaning Cousins would shoot free throws.
Instead, the referees didn't realize the foul number and game action continued without Cousins shooting free throws. On the other end, Pelicans guard E'Twaune Moore made a layup to cut the Kings lead to 51-48 and the two teams went into halftime.
However, during halftime, the referees realized their mistake and added 18.9 seconds to the clock to re-play the end of the second quarter during what would normally be the start of the third quarter. Cousins shot his free throws, making both, then the Pelicans went down the other way, and Langston Galloway missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Then, the third quarter began, with the Pelicans trailing the Kings by seven, instead of three.
Kings assistant coach Bob Thornton told a sideline reporter, "This is the first of my career. We had a situation where [the refs] could correct it, and now we're gonna come back and replay it." He noted that the Kings told the referees they were in the bonus and should have shot free throws.
While a four-point swing can be a big deal, the Pelicans didn't seem to take it particularly hard. Head coach Alvin Gentry said after the game that he had not ever seen such a situation, but added, "That is the rule. They didn't know they were in the bonus, they went back and replayed it. It wasn't that big a deal."
The Kings went on to win 102-94. The Pelicans are 0-8 this season.
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28. Suns (2-6)
Last Week: 29
The run-and-gun Suns are back, leading the NBA in pace of play, but the offense ranks 22nd in efficiency through eight games.
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25. Wizards (1-5)
Last Week: 22
1-5 isn't exactly what Washington had hoped for entering the season under Scott Brooks. The team is shooting three-pointers least often among all 30 teams, and making them at the 28th-best clip.
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24. Mavericks (2-5)
Last Week: 23
Harrison Barnes' emergence as a viable threat is encouraging, but he has work to do to prove he can sustain that level of performance. Dallas needs all the offensive skill it can find.
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21. Lakers (4-4)
Last Week: 27
Luke Walton's Lakers currently boast a top-10 offense, scoring 107.8 points per 100 possessions over eight games. They pulled off a surprising upset of the Warriors over the weekend, and at 4-4, have avoided the West's cellar to this point. It's unlikely they sustain this, but the potential in their pieces is undeniable.
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18. Heat (2-4)
Last Week: 16
Miami's defense ranks sixth: The athleticism and coaching schemes are very good. It ranks 27th in offense: The skill level isn't quite there yet. There's a good framework laid down in South Beach, but make no mistake, this is a rebuild.
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15. Bucks (4-3)
Last Week: 18
An overtime slop-fest, with a final score of 86-75 in a loss to Dallas, was far from an inspiring performance, but it came after three consecutive victories, the latter two coming in blowout fashion.
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14. Pacers (3-4)
Last Week: 14
Under Nate McMillan, the Pacers are experiencing their fair share of growing pains. The talent level is there, but the fact remains that they did lose significant pieces over the summer. Led by Paul George, there's still a significant chance for Indiana to grow -- but things are definitely off to a rocky start.
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12. Pistons (4-3)
Last Week: 12
A lot of mediocrity on offense from Detroit this year, without Reggie Jackson, has been coupled with very good defense. The result? A mediocre 4-3 record. The team should round out better when their point guard returns, though.
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11. Jazz (5-3)
Last Week: 15
Despite injuries, Utah has managed to compete well on both ends of the court. With Gordon Hayward now back in the mix, look for the Jazz to make a serious run up the Western Conference latter over the weeks to come.
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9. Celtics (3-3)
Last Week: 5
No Jae Crowder and no Al Horford has translated to no defense. Boston ranks 29th on that end, despite running the third-most effective offense through two weeks.
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8. Hawks (5-2)
Last Week: 8
Atlanta appears rejuvenated, despite the losses of Al Horford and Jeff Teague. Dennis Schroder's 16.9 points and 6.4 assists have played a part in that, as has Dwight Howard's resurgence.
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4. Spurs (5-2)
Last Week: 2
Kawhi Leonard's ridiculous 35.0 PER seems to be closer to reality than small sample size would lead you to believe. It was only a matter of time before he blossomed into his own star, and that time is now.
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3. Warriors (5-2)
Last Week: 3
Sure, these Warriors already have as many losses as last year's team had on New Year's. The defense has been the primary issue, but with most of their rotation players able to switch onto any position, they'll be fine once the initial kinks are ironed out.
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1. Cavaliers (6-1)
Last Week: 1
A near-loss to the 76ers notwithstanding, the Cavaliers' dynamic offensive attack has looked untouchable. LeBron James' 9.9 assists per game lead the team through seven games, as the Cavs look primed to defend their title.