Karl-Anthony Towns rebounds, doesn’t realize ball is live – and it leads to Timberwolves dunk (video)

Dan Feldman
NBC Sports
Rockets survive bizarre play

Karl-Anthony Towns rebounds, doesn’t realize ball is live – and it leads to Timberwolves dunk (video)

Rockets survive bizarre play

James Harden drew a shooting foul with 1:30 left in the Rockets’ win over the Timberwolves last night. He made his first of two free throws then Minnesota called timeout. After the break, chaos ensued.

Clint Capela appeared confused even before Harden missed the second of two free throws. Karl-Anthony Towns grabbed the rebound and tried to hand the ball to the referee, who nearly took it. Most players stood around as if the ball were dead. Chris Paul and James Harden rushed toward the referees calling for a travel.

At that point, enough people realize the ball was live. Towns – who I don’t think actually travelled once he corralled the ball – passed to Derrick Rose, who pushed the ball ahead. Andrew Wiggins leaked out and got an easy dunk, as Paul and Harden were rushing the other direction at the referee.

That cut the Timberwolves’ deficit to five, but they couldn’t fully capitalize in the 104-101 Game 1 loss.

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