NBA upgrades Taj Gibson's foul against LeBron James to flagrant

Sunday March 31st, 2013

(David Banks/Getty Images) LeBron James called out Taj Gibson and other Bulls for their hard fouls against him during the Heat's streak-ending loss on Wednesday. (David Banks/Getty Images)

The NBA has ruled one of the Bulls' hard fouls against LeBron James during Wednesday night's game a flagrant -- but not one of the two James called into question during a postgame rant.

The league upgraded a foul by Chicago forward Taj Gibson that occurred with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter from a regular shooting foul to a flagrant foul, according to the Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman.

After the game, a 101-97 Bulls win that ended the Heat's historic 27-game winning streak, James admitted that he was "frustrated" by the hard fouls against him, saying that they were "not basketball plays."

He called out Kirk Hinrich on a first-quarter foul and Gibson on a fourth-quarter foul in which he raked James across the neck.

From the Sun Sentinel report on the upgraded Gibson foul:

James made both free throws following the foul. Because there was no flagrant foul called at the time, there was no video review. However, had the flagrant foul been assessed during the game, instead of after the fact, the Heat also would have retained possession following James' free throws. Instead, the Bulls pushed back to an 11-point lead immediately after James' foul shots.
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