You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

NBA: Hardaway not fouled on final play of Hawks’ loss to Kings

Tim Hardaway Jr. was not fouled on the final play of the Hawks’ 108-107 loss to the Kings on Friday night, according to the NBA.

The league issued its Last Two Minutes report from the game Saturday, in which it concluded that Matt Barnes made “incidental” contact with Hardaway on his drive to the basket as time was about to expire.

The report did state that the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins should have picked up his sixth foul with 1:28 remaining.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer and players, including Hardaway, were adamant following the game that Hardaway was fouled.

According to the report, there was a correct non-call on the play. It stated “Barnes (SAC) maintains legal guarding position and makes incidental contact with Hardaway Jr. (ATL) that does not affect his drive to the basket and shot attempt.”

The Hawks failed to hold a 22-point second half lead in the loss. The Kings’ Darren Collison scored on a left-handed layup high off the backboard with 3.5 seconds remaining to give the Kings the lead and final margin.

Following the game, Hawks coaches and players watched the final sequence many times in groups and by themselves. The Kings’ Ben McLemore and Cousins also converged on Hardaway with 1.1 seconds remaining.

“It’s clearly a foul,” Budenholzer said. “They go right through his body. They go right through his lower left leg. It’s a foul. It was a no-call. We’ll get the report in the morning. They will say it was a no-call. It doesn’t do anything to help us now.”

Hardaway was asked who he believed fouled him and said “all three of them.”

“It’s clear,” Hardaway said. “There is nothing else to be said. It shouldn’t have gotten to that point. Everyone knows the call should have been made. They didn’t make it. Move on. It’s just hard to go out like that, man.”

Cousins did appear to make contact with Hardaway’s body in photos of the play. The official play-by-play credited Barnes with a blocked shot.

The Last Two Minutes report found three incorrect calls in the game, two that favored the Kings and one that favored the Hawks.

According to the report, Cousins should have been called for a personal foul on Paul Millsap at the 1:28 mark. Cousins was playing with five fouls and would have been disqualified. The Hawks led 101-100 at the time of the non-called infraction. Millsap had stolen the ball and McLemore got a steal five seconds later. The report states that “Cousins (SAC) makes contact with Millsap (ATL) that affects his (speed, quickness, balance, rhythm). Cousins made two free throws after drawing a sixth foul on Hawks center Dwight Howard with 44.7 seconds left and tipped in a rebound with 20.8 seconds left. Each of the scores gave the Kings a one-point lead.

The report also stated that Collison should have been called for a shooting foul on Hardaway three seconds after the incorrect call on Cousins. According to the report, “Collison (SAC) makes contact with Hardaway’s Jr. (ATL) arm and affects his SQBR.”

The report stated that Dennis Schroder should have been called for travelling with 1:06 remaining as he hopped “consecutively on the same foot.” Schroder was fouled five seconds later and made both free throws to give the Hawks a 103-102 lead.

The report also cited eight correct non-calls and two correct calls.

The NBA reviews and issues a report on games that are within five points at the two-minute mark or overtime when applicable.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Atlanta Hawks

Where the Hawks stand headed into final 26 games of regular season
Where the Hawks stand headed into final 26 games of regular season

The Hawks return to practice on Wednesday following the All-Star break. Their first game after the break is at home against the Heat on Friday. Here is a look at where the team stands in five areas going into the final 26 games of the regular season. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. The team that reconvenes on Wednesday could look different...
Complete list of Hawks’ upcoming draft picks
Complete list of Hawks’ upcoming draft picks

With the NBA trade deadline on Thursday at 3 p.m., the Hawks have a number of future draft picks that could be used in a deal. They have all of their own first- and second-round picks for the next six drafts (and beyond) and several other first- and second-rounders. Here is the complete list of draft assets: 2017 First round – Own Second round...
At trade deadline, Budenholzer wants short and long term success
At trade deadline, Budenholzer wants short and long term success

Mike Budenholzer insists he is looking out for the best interest of the Hawks in the short and long term as the NBA trade deadline approaches. Budenholzer wears two hats as head coach and president of basketball operations. He is a strong voice in potential roster moves. Perhaps the head coach wants to win now and the president wants to win in the...
Millsap has five points, five rebounds in All-Star Game
Millsap has five points, five rebounds in All-Star Game

Paul Millsap had five points and five rebounds as the Hawks forward participated in his fourth straight NBA All-Star Game Sunday night. Millsap was 2 of 4 from the floor, including 1 of 3 from 3-point range. He added three assists and a steal in his 13 minutes for the East. The West won the game, 192-182, in New Orleans. The Pelicans’ Anthony...
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving says world is flat
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving says world is flat

There’s no getting around it: Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving said he believes the world is flat. During a Friday podcast hosted by teammates Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson, Irving declared that the Earth is flat, the Huffington Post reported. “This is not even a conspiracy theory. The Earth is flat,&rdquo...
More Stories