The Los Angeles Lakers were not happy with the officials for not calling at the end of regulation. against the dallas mavericks Thursday.
With the score tied 101-101 late in the fourth quarter, Troy Brown Jr. attempted a three-point shot with less than three seconds to playbut Tim Hardaway Jr. blocked the shot and sent the game into overtime.
Hardaway Jr. appeared to make contact with Brown’s hand, causing him to fall to the ground.
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LeBron James and Brown he immediately protested not calling before the Lakers lost to the Mavericks in double overtime.
Crew chief Josh Tiven clarified the call after the game, saying Hardaway Jr. only made hand contact after making contact with the ball.
“Hardaway Jr. gets a piece of the ball at the end and then does a high five, which is legal and that play was properly called down,” Tiven said, according to ESPN.
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After the game, Brown was asked about the no call in the locker room, to which James responded from across the room.
“No, it’s a damn foul”, James said forcefully for everyone in the room to hear, according to ESPN. “It’s a foul. Whatever happens [Brown] he says, it’s a damn foul. That shit is blatant, and they should have called it out.”
James, who returned from a one-game absence with a sore ankle, had 24 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists on the night.
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“We gave ourselves a chance to win,” James said. “We just couldn’t be late in the game.”
Luka Doncic led the way for the Mavericks, finishing the night with 35 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists.
Doncic forced the game into overtime with a tie at three with six seconds left in the fourth quarter.
“He made a tough shot, simple as that,” Lakers guard Russell Westbrook said. “He just keeps going. He finds a way to execute better.”
The loss dropped the Lakers to four games under .500 on the season.
Associated Press contributed to this report