NBA: Refs missed foul at end of Mavericks' win over Timberwolves

Tuesday December 31st, 2013

Kevin Love should have gone to the line with a chance to tie the Mavericks. (David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images) Shawn Marion should have been called for a foul on Kevin Love's last-second shot. (David Sherman/NBAE Getty Images)

The NBA announced referees officiating the Mavericks-Timberwolves game at the Target Center on Monday night missed a foul that should have given Kevin Love a chance to tie the game with one second left.

The Mavericks won the game, 100-98, when Dallas' Shawn Marion stripped the ball from Love. Replays showed that Marion fouled Love on the right arm, but no foul was called.

Rod Thorn, NBA President, Basketball Operations, issued the following statement:

“Through postgame video review, we have determined that Minnesota’s Kevin Love was fouled on the right arm by Dallas’ Shawn Marion while attempting a two-point field goal. Love should have been awarded two free throws with one second left on the clock.”

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Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman and Love both questioned the officials over the no-call after the game.

“He got fouled,” Adelman said, according to the Associated Press. “I wonder what that would have been if [Dirk] Nowitzki, LeBron James, all the top players in the league — a guy reaches on a last-second shot like that, instead of challenging it. Maybe they don’t understand that Kevin is one of the top five players in this league. You make that call. But they didn’t.”

“I’m the type of person that if you see a foul, an obvious foul, you call it,” Love said, according to the Associated Press. “And I thought that was pretty, pretty obvious. … You look at the replay and it was obvious he got arm.”

Timberwolves radio broadcaster Alan Horton ranted over the no-call, ripping referees David Guthrie and Ed Malloy, who worked the game with Scott Twardoski.

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