Clippers coach Doc Rivers still insists referees made the wrong call in Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the NBA stood by its officials, saying there was no "clear and conclusive" evidence to overturn the on-court ruling.
The play was an out of bounds call on Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, who appeared to have the ball knocked out of his hands by the Clippers’ Matt Barnes with 11.3 seconds left and the Clippers leading by two points. The Clippers claimed the ball last touched Jackson.
Game officials initially ruled that the Thunder should keep possession. After viewing two replays, the call stood. OKC won the game 105-104 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Rivers said the Clippers were "robbed," but in a statement, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said, "In order to reverse the call made on the court, there has to be ‘clear and conclusive’ evidence. Since no replay provided such evidence, the play correctly stood as called with the Thunder retaining possession."
Rivers said he has spoken with league officials, but he has yet to be fined for his critical comments about the referees.