It was a confusing play, one that prompted DeAndre Jordan's mother to tweet words of consolation to him.
@deandrejordan6 you're not the only person that has made a mistake at the end of a game," Kimberly Jordan wrote following the Clippers’ 98-93 overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
The Clippers had blown a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, allowing the Trail Blazers to tie the game at 87 with 26.1 seconds left in regulation after Nicolas Batum made a three-pointer.
On the Clippers' next possession, Chris Paul threw a pass that went off the hand of Batum with 1.7 seconds left on the 24-second clock and 2.8 seconds left in the game. The Clippers were awarded the ball, and Paul attempted a running bank shot that circled the rim before bouncing out.
Jordan then grabbed the offensive rebound with 0.7 of a second left, but he held the ball as time expired.
The Clippers' center apparently thought the 24-second buzzer was the game buzzer, despite Paul's frantically jumping up and down and screaming at Jordan to shoot.
"I mean it would have been nice if he had tipped it back in," Paul said. "But it also would have been nice if I had just made the shot. It wouldn't have came to that."
Jordan left before reporters could talk to him about the play that sent the game to overtime, during which the Clippers were outscored, 11-6.
He finished with 19 rebounds, his 10th straight game with 15 or more boards, and six points on two-for-five shooting. He was two for 10 from the free-throw line.
Austin Rivers called Jordan’s mental lapse in the final second of regulation "a weird freaky thing."
"DJ is one of the most mentally sharp guys out there, to be honest," Rivers said, adding, “No one was mad at him. He didn't make a mistake. It was just a simple error on everybody's part because we should have said something in the huddle."Copyright © 2017, Los Angeles Times