May 5 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia 76ers mistakenly dropped confetti on the home crowd Saturday, thinking a buzzer-beating jumper was a 3-pointer to beat the Boston Celtics.
But officials awarded the Sixers two points for the shot, sending the game to overtime. Philadelphia ended up losing 101-98 and now trails 3-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Sixers trailed the Celtics 89-87 with 1.7 seconds remaining in Game 3 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Ben Simmons threw an inbound pass into Marco Belinelli to his right. The veteran shooting guard caught the feed and immediately fired up a fade-away from the corner.
His buzzer-beating attempt sank through the net and the crowd went wild, thinking the Sixers won the game. Officials immediately ruled that the shot was worth two points, tying the game at 89-89 and prompting overtime.
The 76ers thought they won the game in regulation.— ESPN (@espn) May 5, 2018
They had to clean up the confetti before OT. pic.twitter.com/bpah6R9TYe
But arena staff opened up the confetti floodgates, pouring the celebratory agent all over the home crowd.
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference showdown is at 6 p.m. Monday in Philadelphia.