Here we were, with the Charlotte Bobcats, winners of seven games all of last season, going for their fourth win in seven tries this season. They led the 5-2 Minnesota Timberwolves on the road through the entire game, and all they needed to do was hold off one more rally.
In the end, they did, winning, 89-87. But not before the following things happened.
- Up two with 40 seconds left, the Bobcats somehow had no timeouts. This was news to Reggie Williams, who called timeout when he couldn't get the ball inbounds. That's a technical foul and possession to the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves hit the free throw to cut Charlotte's lead to 87-86.
- The Timberwolves then had the ball with a chance to take the lead. Somehow, Ramon Sessions of all people came up with a huge play, deflecting a pass 40 feet from the hoop for a steal. He had a breakaway, and a layup would have put Charlotte up three. Instead, Dante Cunningham got back to foul him to prevent the layup, and Sessions missed both free throws.
- Tyrus Thomas made a huge defensive play on the next Timberwolves' possession, blocking Alexey Shved and grabbing the rebound. Naturally, he traveled trying to avoid going out of bounds.
- The Bobcats' defense on an inbounds pass breaks down, allowing Derrick Williams to pop wide open under the hoop. He gets fouled, but hits just one of two free throws. Tie game.
- Without any timeouts, the Bobcats clear out and let Kemba Walker go to work. He gives a vicious crossover and hits a buzzer beater. Just like he did at UConn.