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NBA crew chief admits missed call in Lakers-Celtics game


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NBA crew chief admits missed call in Lakers-Celtics game

MISSED CALL. The Celtics deny the Lakers in a controversial finish.

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The Celtics escape the Lakers as referees miss a foul call on a LeBron James game-winner

The head referee in the Lakers’ 125-121 overtime loss to the host Boston Celtics on Saturday, January 28, admitted that Los Angeles star LeBron James was fouled by Jayson Tatum in the final seconds of regulation.

With the game tied at 105-105, James drove to the basket and appeared to get smacked on the arm by Tatum as he attempted a left-handed layup. A foul was not called, however.

“There was contact,” crew chief Eric Lewis said to a pool reporter after the game. “At the time, during the game, we did not see a foul. The crew missed the play.”

Lakers star Anthony Davis did not mince words when discussing his displeasure with the non-call after the game. (READ: ‘We got cheated’: Lakers fume over referee decision in overtime loss to Celtics)

“(Tatum) fouled him. He fouled him. Clearly. Clearly,” Davis said. “It’s (expletive). … It’s unacceptable. And I guarantee nothing is going to happen to the refs. We got cheated tonight, honestly. It’s a blatant foul. … It’s unacceptable, to be honest. The refs were bad. They were bad tonight.”

The Celtics attempted nearly twice as many free throws (39) as the Lakers (20) in the game.

James had 41 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists for the Lakers, who received 16 points and 10 rebounds from Davis. Patrick Beverley added 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists as Los Angeles fell for the second time in three games. –

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