76ers’ Nick Nurse furious refs ‘ignored’ timeout call before pivotal turnover in Game 2

Nick Nurse was frustrated.

He also checked the match footage to make sure it was legit.

But the 76ers’ coach said in his postgame press conference that the Knicks hit a 3-pointer, stole a pass, and made another 3-pointer in a miraculous 27-second sequence that won Game 2 against the 76ers. After surprising him — he claimed he had tried to call. He claimed there were two timeouts, and on both occasions the referee ignored him.

“We’re looking at moving quickly,” Nurse told reporters after the Knicks’ 104-101 win at the Garden on Monday. “We don’t get it right away. I call a timeout. The referee looked right at me. Ignored me. Went to Tyrese. [Maxey]. Another timeout was called and a melee began.

“Yeah, I mean, I guess I’d have to pop out to the floor or do something to make sure I got his attention. I needed a timeout to get that going. It could have been good. But I didn’t get it. Ta.”

Nick Nurse claimed he took a timeout before the 76ers’ turnover. Screen capture via X/@jerryferrara
Nick Nurse was upset that the referees didn’t see his timeout signal late in the fourth quarter. AP

ESPN reported after the match The 76ers said they intend to file a complaint with the NBA regarding the officiating of the first two games of this series.

It all started when Jalen Brunson hit a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left. The shot hit the rim, bounced into the air, and somehow ended up in the basket.

Later, a 76ers inbounds pass was deflected into the air and Josh Hart was able to steal the pass after Maxey went to the ground on the possession.

“I just watched the movie to confirm,” Nurse said. “Obviously calling time out. I couldn’t see if he saw me in the film, but he could clearly see me calling time out twice.”

So the referee allowed play to continue, leaving Donte DiVincenzo open to take a 3-point shot after Maxey was unable to hold onto the ball.

He missed the shot, but the Knicks kept possession and created another chance with a rebound from Isaiah Hartenstein, a quick pass to OG Anuoby, and a back pass to DiVincenzo near the top of the key. .

This time, DiVincenzo, who was the Knicks’ offseason star and set a franchise record for total 3-pointers in a single game and in an entire season, didn’t miss out.

The 76ers still had a chance to take the lead, but Maxey attempted a two-point shot while driving toward the basket, but was unable to connect.

Anunoby grabbed the rebound.

He sank both free throws at the other end.

Donte DiVincenzo hit the winning shot in the Knicks’ thrilling Game 2 victory. charles wenzelberg

And when Embiid’s desperate bid before the final buzzer fell short, the Knicks somehow managed to pull out the win — with their star Brunson scoring just 24 points that night. It was a big night for Maxey (35 points) and Embiid (34 points). Point) looked unable to stop the Knicks defense.

But on the other side of that celebration in the Garden was Nurse. In his eyes, he was upset because no timeout was called.