It’s easy to forget after they lost D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle to injuries before getting cooked like a turkey on Thanksgiving by the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, but the Los Angeles Lakers appeared to have a lot to be thankful for after Tuesday night.
Nick Young had stolen the ball from teammate Lou Williams and calmly drilled a ridiculous three-pointer in the closing seconds of the team’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The shot gave the Lakers’ their eighth victory of the season, and the team was riding as high as they had all year.
However, it turns out the ice in Young’s veins should have been declared lukewarm by the referees. “The Thunder was informed Wednesday by the NBA that Nick Young committed a traveling violation before his game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds left in a 111-109 Lakers win,” according to Erik Horne of News Oklahoma, meaning that the shot should not have counted and (likely) given the Thunder the win.
The result of that finding? Absolutely nothing. The Lakers get to keep their win, and the Thunder deal with what is surely the most painful loss of their calendar year other than when they blew a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals and Kevin Durant defected to the Warriors.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen. Listen to our latest episode, where we discussed Young’s career resurrection with Baxter Holmes of ESPN, below: