NBA: Referees made four mistakes in last two minutes of Nets-Hawks

NBA referee Eric Lewis during the game between the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
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By NESN Staff

The Brooklyn Nets surprisingly have taken two of the first four games in their first-round playoff series with the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks. They had a bit of help from the zebras in their second win, however.

The NBA released a report Tuesday, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, stating the referees made four incorrect calls or non-calls in the final two minutes and overtime of Brooklyn’s 120-115 win Monday in Game 4.

One of those errors benefited the Hawks, but the other three went in the Nets’ favor: a missed 24-second violation with 59.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, a non-call on a Brook Lopez traveling violation with 36.8 seconds left in regulation and an Alan Anderson loose-ball foul on Paul Millsap that went uncalled with 30.7 seconds to play in overtime.

The one non-call that went Atlanta’s way came with 1:16 to play in overtime. The league determined center Al Horford should have been called for a foul on Lopez during a battle for a rebound.

Game 5 is set for Wednesday night in Atlanta.


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