Lakers tear no-call at end of regulation, say foul ‘clear as day’

Lakers tear no-call at end of regulation, say foul ‘clear as day’

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  • January 13, 2023
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LOS ANGELES — A no-call on the Dallas Mavericks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. defense on Troy Brown Jr.’s 3-point try at the end of regulation left LA in a bad mood Thursday night in the Lakers’ eventual 119-115 Double overtime loss to the Mavs.

The Lakers stormed back from a 19-point deficit in the first quarter and equalized in the fourth when LeBron found James Brown on the right wing for a potential game-winning 3 on the buzzer. Hardaway denied the shot and touched Brown’s shooting hand and the ball at the time of the release, causing the shot to go well past the basket.

James and Brown immediately expressed their frustration at the outcome of the game to referee Suyah Mehta, who was closest to the action.

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Team boss Josh Tiven, speaking to a pool reporter after the game, defended the no-call.

“Hardaway Jr. gets part of the ball on the closeout and then makes a high-five contact, which is legal and correctly uncalled that play,” Tiven said.

Brown was asked about the no-call in the post-game dressing room and offered a diplomatic response.

“It is what it is,” Brown said. “It’s not my job to referee and I’m not going to sit here and decide who should have done what.”

When a reporter briefed Brown on Tiven’s explanation, James – who was sitting in front of his locker across the room – chimed in from 20ft away.

“No, it’s a bloody foul,” James said firmly for everyone in the room to hear. “It’s a foul. No matter what [Brown] says it’s a damn foul. The s— is obvious, and they should have called it.”

Fifteen minutes later, in his post-game press conference down the hall, James was more reserved in his response. When asked if he disagreed with the referees’ decision, he simply said, “Obviously.”

Lakers coach Darvin Ham also disagreed with the referee’s assessment.

“I’m not the one to blame for leadership and I’m not going to start now. But it clearly looked like a foul,” Ham said. “Maybe I’m wrong. But we still watched it after the game and it looked like a foul on his passage.”

LA was outplayed 18-14 in the two overtime sessions, blasting a combined 5-for-17 from the field.

James finished the game 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 from deep in the extra sessions.

However, the Lakers weren’t the only ones who had problems with the official. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted during the game, echoing TNT analyst Stan Van Gundy’s opinion that Luka Doncic wasn’t getting enough calls.

Stan van Gundy is absolutely right. Worst managed game. Luka gets no respect. Unreal.

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 13, 2023

Doncic finished the game with 35 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists but was called out for five fouls while attempting just seven free throws.

“I didn’t see it, I don’t have Twitter,” Doncic said with a lopsided smile when asked about Cuban’s tweet.

When asked about the tweet again, Doncic Euro went straight around the question.

“I have no comments on that,” he said. “I don’t want to be fined.”

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.

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