Jordan Clarkson threw ball at Dario Saric for breaking unwritten NBA rule: Inside Cavaliers-76ers

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Philadelphia’s Dario Saric dunked in the open court with 12 seconds left and the Sixers headed for a win, so the Cavs’ Jordan Clarkson hit him in the back with the ball.

“It was just part of the game,” Clarkson said.

The Sixers beat the Cavs 108-97 on Thursday. When Saric went in for the dunk, Philadelphia was up eight and could run out the clock.

There’s an unwritten rule in the NBA basically banning such a play. If you’re ahead by multiple possessions, and it’s your ball with one shot clock left, dribble out the clock and shake hands.

Saric didn’t do that and Clarkson grabbed the ball out of the net and flipped it into his back. Clarkson, naturally, was ejected.

“If anybody say different, that they wouldn’t have did that, that they’d have did something different, or anything else, they lying,” Clarkson said. “Especially if it was at that (point — he said play) of the game. They know what’s up. That’s it.”

Saric, who is in his second season out of Croatia, likely didn’t know the unwritten rule. He probably does now.

“It was not against the Cavs organization,” Saric said. “I saw Ben (Simmons) dunk the ball and I wanted to do the same.   In one way, I want to apologize to them, because I finished that ball.”


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