Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 9:20 am  |  12 responses

NBA Says Refs Screwed Up End of Pelicans/Mavs Game (VIDEO)

Missed call.

Referees inexplicably swallowed their whistles on Saturday night after Monta Ellis clearly hacked Austin Rivers as time ran out. The League admitted that it was a mistake on Sunday. From the Star-Telegram and press release:

“I can’t really comment, I’m not trying to lose any money over this,” Rivers said after the game. “An unfortunate event happened.”

“It happens in basketball. We made mistakes down the stretch and you can’t put the game in the hands of somebody else, so it’s not the referees fault.”

Rod Thorn, NBA President, Basketball Operations, issued the following statement Sunday regarding a missed foul call late in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks’ 110-107 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Jan. 11, at American Airlines Center.

“After reviewing postgame video, we have determined a foul should have been called on Dallas’ Monta Ellis for illegal contact on the arms of New Orleans’ Austin Rivers while Rivers was attempting a three-point field goal. Rivers should have been awarded three free throws with 0.6 left on the clock.”  

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  • Lan

    Can we start a new column on the stat sheet labelled “Moral Win”?

  • Vince Gully

    The refs are probably just giving these calls to the Mavs in close games just because they don’t want to deal with Cuban.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Rivers gets hacked, asks ref where’s the foul? Dumb ref shrugs.
    Shouldn’t they have been able to refer back to a replay?

  • Max

    What’s the point in this really?

  • spit hot fiyah

    rivers handles that with class. many players would have just taken the fine and cussed out the ref

  • Doug

    One man’s “class” is another man’s “cowering like a pussy”

  • Doug

    One man’s “class” is another man’s “cowering like a pu*sy”

  • sauce

    how did they miss that ? a stupid foul by monta also…

  • spit hot fiyah

    or a third man’s “i might be out of the league after my rookie contract so better not waste any money on insulting the refs”

  • Adrian Alzamalo

    where is the official replay in this case??

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  • JJ Jones

    When don’t nba referees screw up this isn’t news its rountine now.