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NBA admits referees screwed up end of Bulls overtime win vs. Raptors

Jan 18, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

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You don’t see this very often — the NBA admitting its referees blew it — so savor this moment.

Well, unless you’re a Raptors fans, then this gesture feels pretty empty.

Toronto and Chicago had gone to overtime Wednesday night and it was tied 105-105 when Luol Deng hit a shot that became the game winner. But there were 3.3 seconds left on the clock after that shot and the Raptors had one more chance.

The Raptors inbounded the ball to Amir Johnson at the top of the key, who immediately drove right with Joakim Noah on him. Noah had his right arm on Johnson, then brought his left arm through in a motion to steal the ball and clearly fouled him. Johnson gathered the ball and as he went up for a shot but slipped as he did and threw up a shot that missed. You can see the video by following this link.

The referees called the foul but said it was not in the act of shooting, they would not give the continuation even though Johnson never put the ball back on the floor after the foul and went into a shooting motion. No free throws, ball out of bounds. Jose Calderon got a rushed look at a three that he missed, and the Bulls won.

On Friday, the NBA league office said, “oops, sorry.” Here is the official statement.

“Officials called a foul on Chicago’s Joakim Noah as Toronto’s Amir Johnson gathered the ball while driving to the basket,” the NBA said in a statement. “The officials ruled the foul was on the floor but upon review at the league office, the video replay confirmed that the foul should have been called a shooting foul with Johnson receiving two free throws.”

Johnson is shooting 70 percent from the free throw line this season.

We’ll never know what would have happened. This isn’t getting replayed.

But hey Toronto, chin up — the league said they were wrong. That’s got to make you feel better, right? Right?

  1. nygdriveforfive - Jan 18, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    When will the madness end?? Nba I am aware the Raps are not a great team BUT you cannot keep jobing them like this. Seriously this team does not need help losing. Here’s hoping for some serious make up calls in the games to come. Brutal

    • abchome - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Blown calls happen. Remember Amir Johnson get away with a blatant double dribble to hit a 2 point shot?

  2. lonewolfsoul - Jan 18, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    okay first of all, refs gave the all the calls to Toronto, and Kyle Lowry is the biggest flopper since Lebron James and James Jones… this is stupid.. who cares.. Deng hit the game winner, and Toronto sucks..

  3. dko83 - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    NBA refs screwed up? No way, refuse to believe it.

  4. mannchise - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Aye I’ll take a Bulls win anyway they can get it until Rose returns. #BullsNation !!!

  5. fanz928 - Jan 18, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    The league should fine refs for every miss call that cause teams games

  6. badintent - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Raps got jobbed on almost the same call tonight with 5.5 seconds left with a none, call on Johnson , he got mugged by 2 guys and the ref standing right there. Pathetic. Suspension and no playoff games for this BS for bad refs

    • badintent - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      my bad,it was gerald henderson that got mugged

      • lucifershuttlesworth - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        It was Alan Anderson getting shoved out of bounds as he was trying to catch the inbound. I wonder how long the apologies from Silverstern are going to suffice. It seems the league is tampering with the Raptors.

      • badintent - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:16 AM

        ha.nice. I’m watching the Aussie Open into the wee hours for days, punchdrunk from the lack of sleep, so too many hendersons for me. Maybe we got another rouge referee with a gambling problem calling some bad games.I like the “tampering with Raptors ” expression. Classic.

  7. phillyphannn83 - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Hold on a second Raps fans. First, the NBA actually came out and said they were wrong and now you’re here claiming conspiracy theory against the Atlantic’s worst team? C’mon man. Second, they had a 17 point lead at the half tonight, 17 POINTS!!! Tonights game did not come down to one bad non-call. The Raptors lost that game all on their own. They blew a huge lead and its absolutely pathetic to blame that on ONE non-call.

    • lucifershuttlesworth - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      It’s not one bad non-call that i can’t accept. It’s the frequency that they occur in the deciding moments of Raptors games. And on the day the league issued an apology to them for exactly this sort of thing??

  8. phillyphannn83 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    If you want to talk about non-calls, how about the non-call on Jrue Holiday’s game-tying layup! That should’ve been an and-1 and there wouldn’t have even been an overtime. The calls and non-calls went both ways tonight.

  9. magicbucs - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Fine those refs $250,000 each. Most of those new refs suck. They Blow a handful of calls each, each game.

  10. phillyphannn83 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Not to mention MULTIPLE non-calls on Jrue in the OT…its called letting them play. You boys in Canada might want to stick to watching hockey.

    • lucifershuttlesworth - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      sounds good dude. you might want to stick to watching a cheese steak. Hockey sucks.

      • badintent - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        Ha. So do the Eagles and Phillies.This from a Gmen and Yankee fan. LOL

  11. Jeff - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Chicago got away with murder, which Is fitting since the city is the current murder capital.

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