NBA admits incorrect no-call involving Butler, George at end of Pacers-Bulls

Thursday December 31st, 2015

The NBA admitted to an incorrect non-call made by officials at the end of Wednesday night’s Pacers-Bulls game.

The game ended in overtime on a blown inbounds play by the Pacers. Indiana’s Paul George went up to catch a lob off a backdoor rim-run that could have tied the game at 102 as time expired. He was unable to collect the ball, with his shot attempt being closely contested and ultimately tipped by Chicago’s Jimmy Butler. The report deemed the no-call incorrect and that Butler made contact with George’s arm, which should have been a two-shot foul.

You can watch the play below.


On the previous play, Butler scored the go-ahead points on a lob play of his own. The Bulls won the game 102–100.

Watch: Jimmy Butler outleaps Paul George for game-winning alley-oop

The league’s official Last Two Minute Report, released to review officiated events in the final two minutes of close games, announced the mistake.

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Jeremy Woo

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