MINNEAPOLIS -- Not sure if this soothes any egos in Minnesota, but last season the NBA admitted it gave the Dallas Mavericks a bad break during a Jan. 29 game in Portland.
The Mavs and Blazers were tied at 104-104 when OJ Mayo was dribbling from the right baseline and was whistled for charging into Blazers guard Ronnie Price with 1.5 seconds left in the game. Here''s the statement the league released the next day:
"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."
Following the bogus charging foul on Mayo, LaMarcus Aldridge drilled a jumper at the buzzer to beat the Mavs, 106-104. Thus, these things tend to balance out at some point.
-- Dwain Price
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