DALLAS -- In a move that was totally expected, the NBA admitted that the Dallas Mavericks caught a huge break which helped them win Saturday's home game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, released a statement Sunday which said Mavs guard Monta Ellis should have been whistled for a foul with 0.6 seconds left against Pelicans guard Austin Rivers, who was trying to attempt a three-point field goal in a game Dalllas won 110-107. Had the foul been called, Rivers would have been at the free throw line with a chance to tie the game and send it into overtime.
“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,'' Thorn's statement said. "Rivers should have been awarded three free throws with 0.6 left on the clock.”
Rivers and the Pelicans were extremely upset they didn't get the call against Ellis.
"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.''
Apparently, based on Sunday's statement by Thorn, the NBA disagreed with Rivers and thought it was the referees fault.
-- Dwain Price
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