N.B.A. Two-Minute Report Detects Problems on Play That Beat Knicks


The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo taking his winning shot against the Knicks.

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A day after a last-second loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Knicks received a bit of additional sting in the form of the N.B.A.’s report on the last two minutes of the game.

On Thursday, the league office released its report on the calls and noncalls by referees in the game’s last two minutes, something it does for any game in which the teams are within 5 points with that amount of time remaining. For the Knicks, who lost by 105-104 to Milwaukee on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s jump shot at the buzzer on Wednesday, it was only more salt in the wound.

The report said Antetokounmpo had technically committed an offensive five-second violation. With 7.8 seconds left, he took an inbounds pass and began dribbling near the baseline with his back to the basket, starting the five-second count. He turned to shoot with 2.2 seconds left, which would have been a violation.

The 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo sank the shot over Lance Thomas to give the Bucks the win and the Knicks a sixth…

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