It stinks when one moment of "youthful exuberance" takes away from an otherwise spectacular individual and team performance.
The Magic were well on their way to a 111-103 win over the Bucks in overtime that was capped off by a spectacular five-point comeback in the final 37 seconds and a Tobias Harris game-tying 3-pointer with 0.5 second left when all seemed lost. Harris even had a game-winning free throw after a foolish foul from Marquis Daniels (Harris apologized on Fox Sports Florida for missing the free throw and not sending everyone home early).
So when Harris picked up his 19th rebound of the game and Milwaukee, Harris expected to get fouled. He raced forward from the backcourt. When no one stepped up to stop him or foul him, Harris had a free path to the basket.
Typically in these situations, the play is to simply dribble out the clock and end the game. Harris though went for it in the heat of the moment. He dunked it for his 30th point and drew a technical foul when he started jawing with Mike Dunleavy. The Bucks, in the moment at least, seemed to take offense to the move.
In the long run, this play was a minor thing. What it turned into was a learning lesson that everyone seemed to handle well in the aftermath. Harris apologized for it after the game if anyone was offended:
If anybody thought that was disrespectful, that's not the type of player that I am. You live and you learn from it. In the future, I wouldn't have done that, after having that experience and knowing the consequences of it.
Jacque Vaughn said after the game that he understood the youthful exuberance of the moment, but he talked to Harris about how to handle such a situation in the future. That would decidedly not be going for the dunk with the game over.no comments