Down by a basket in the dying moments of the fourth quarter Sunday night against the New York Knicks, the Charlotte Hornets were shocked when referee Kevin Cutler whistled them for a five-second violation (effectively ending the game.)

The call was questionable, but in the end, all that mattered was the final result: Knicks 96 – Hornets 93.

Per the NY Post:

“He called five seconds, man, I’m not going to say anything that’s going to get me in trouble,” said Hornets forward Marvin Williams, who was whistled for a five-second inbounds infraction with :36.6 left in the game.

 

“He called five seconds. Do I think it was five seconds? No, if that’s what you’re asking. But that’s what he called,” Williams said.

 

“I’ll watch it on the film. I haven’t seen it yet,” Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said diplomatically after no doubt watching it on film before addressing the inquiring minds of the media. […] “No, I don’t think it was five seconds. More like three,” Lance Stephenson said.