The NBA says that referees should have called a shooting foul on Monta Ellis in the final seconds of the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
The missed call came as the Pelicans' Austin Rivers tried to shoot a three-point shot to send the game to overtime. League President of Basketball Operations, Rod Thorn released a statement on Sunday to clarify the proper ruling.
“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. Rivers should have been awarded three free throws with 0.6 left on the clock.”
Video of the foul can be seen here.a December 30th game