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NBA admits referee errors at end of recent Mavericks, Pacers losses

Jan 30, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

George Hill, Andre Miller, Andre Iguodala AP

Congratulations Dallas and Indiana, you will have the satisfaction of forever knowing you were right and the referees were wrong at the end of your recent close losses, missing potentially game-changing calls.

That and $4 gets you a grande latte at Starbucks.

Wednesday the NBA admitted two blown calls in recent games.

In Monday night’s Pacers loss to the Nuggets, the game was tied 101-101 with 4 seconds left when Paul George started his move for a final shot on Andre Iguodala, made contact, knocked the ball away and stole it, then called timeout with 0.5 seconds left. Here is what the league said:

After review at the league office, video replay confirmed that NBA Officials missed a foul call… Iguodala reached for the ball and made illegal body contact which forced Indiana’s Paul George to lose possession. George should have been granted two free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining in the game.

Instead Denver ran an alley-oop for Iguodala from out-of-bounds for Iguodala and George got called for the foul — he made contact backing into Iggy but it’s not a call you normally see at that point. Iguodala got free throws, hit one and the Nuggets won.

For Dallas, it was Tuesday night at the end of a dramatic game in Portland, a 104-104 with 4 seconds left. O.J. Mayo drove the lane for what he hoped would be a winning bucket but he was called for the charge. From the league:

After review at the league office, the video replay confirmed the play should have been ruled a blocking foul as Portland’s Ronnie Price did not get his body directly in Mayo’s path prior to him starting his upward shooting motion. Mayo should have been granted two free throws.

Instead, Portland got the ball back with 1.7 seconds left and LaMarcus Aldridge hit the game winner.

  1. texasrug - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Can Cuban get a refund?

  2. daddyghi - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    i expect the league will get a mouthfull from cuban, then the league fines cuban again…

  3. nygdriveforfive - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    hammeredNBA will once again be apoligizing to the Raptors for yet another last second missed call that cost the Raps the game. Derozan got hammered last second with no call. Every person in the arena and on tv could see he was fouled. Its getting embarrassing for the NBA.

  4. maximusprime107 - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    There were plenty of missed calls that Denver got screwed over for, it goes both ways

  5. eagles512 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I at least give the league credit for admitting the missed calls.

  6. usm418 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Long overdue by the league and then the Raptors get jobbed tonight. The NBA will fine Toronto’s coach for telling the truth and dish out the rare apology but won’t address their refs. It’s still better than the NCAA.

  7. davidly - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    As it relates to the Pacers, I’d rather “the league” admit all of last season’s timeliness of calls & non-calls in the series with the Heat, the kind of officiating that happens so often in “must win games” and which would make Tim Donaghy blush.

    This latest admission merely creates the illusion that there is nothing untoward involved, as if “the league” is striving for some semblance of transparency.

  8. franchiseplaya - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I hate when the league does this. all it does is reopen the wound and accomplishes nothing. its all about the “appearance” of accountability of the refs. if the league is going to do this then they should release when refs get fined and the amount as well.

  9. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    No one cares, NBA. You’ve already apologized twice to the Raptors and a 3rd should be on the way after last night, but what changed after those first 2? Nothing. We still got screwed again, and so do other teams without stars on a daily basis.

    Let us know when you start fining and suspending refs for being horrible at their job. Until that happens, they have no incentive to change and thus these apologizes are nothing more than a worthless waste of oxygen.

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