Lakers don’t call end of regulation, say foul is ‘clear as day’
LOS ANGELES — A no call to the Dallas Mavericks‘ Tim Hardaway JrThe defense of Troy Brown JrThe 3-point attempt by . at the end of regulation left LA in a bad mood Thursday night at the eventual Lakers. 119-115 double overtime loss to the Mavs.
The Lakers rallied from a 19-point deficit in the first quarter to tie it in the fourth when lebron james found Brown on the right wing for a potential game-winning 3 at the buzzer. Hardaway took the shot and made contact with Brown’s hand and the ball at the point of release, sending the shot well short of the basket.
James and Brown immediately expressed their frustration with the outcome of the play to referee Suyah Mehta, who was the referee closest to the action.
Crew chief Josh Tiven, speaking to a reporter from the pool after the game, defended the no call.
“Hardaway Jr. gets a piece of the ball on the close and then makes high-five contact, which is legal and that play was not properly called,” Tiven said.
Brown was asked about the no-call in the locker room after the game and offered a diplomatic response.
“It is what it is,” Brown said. “That’s not my job to referee, and I’m not going to sit here and decide who should have done what.”
When a reporter followed up to brief Brown on Tiven’s explanation, James, sitting in front of his locker across the room, chimed in from 20 feet away.
“No, it’s a fucking foul,” James said forcefully for everyone in the room to hear. “It’s a foul. Whatever happens [Brown] he says, it’s a fucking fault. This is egregious, and they should have said so.”
Fifteen minutes later, in his postgame press conference in the hallway, James was more reserved in his response. When asked if he disagreed with the umpires’ decision, he simply said, “Obviously.”
Lakers coach Darvin Ham also disagreed with the referees’ assessment of the play.
“I’m not one to blame the referees, and I’m not going to start now. But it clearly looked like it was a foul,” Ham said. “Maybe I could be wrong. But we were still looking at it after the game, and it looked like a foul on his follow-up.”
LA was outscored 18-14 in the two overtime sessions, shooting a combined 5-for-17 from the field.
James finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 47 minutes, but shot 9-for-28 overall and 0-for-7 from 3-point range, including 0-for-4 in overtime. .
The Lakers were not the only ones who had problems with the trade. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted during the game, agreeing with TNT analyst Stan Van Gundy that Luka Doncic I wasn’t getting enough calls.
Stan van Gundy is absolutely right. The worst refereed match. Luka has no respect. unreal
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 13, 2023
Doncic finished with 35 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists, but was fouled five times and attempted just seven free throws.
“I didn’t see it, I don’t have Twitter,” Doncic said with a wry smile when asked about Cuban’s tweet.
When asked again about the tweet, Doncic Euro took the question a step further.
“I have no comment on that,” he said. “I don’t want to be fined.”
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.
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