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NBA: Refs made four incorrect calls late in Cavaliers' loss to Bucks
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NBA: Refs made four incorrect calls late in Cavaliers' loss to Bucks

Published Nov. 16, 2015 9:16 p.m. ET

The NBA releases "last two minute" officiating reports all season long, for games which were within five points at the two-minute mark or go into overtime. And the one detailing the Cavaliers' double-overtime loss to the Bucks on Saturday says the officials missed four calls down the stretch.

Jason Lloyd of broke it all down:

None of this had a direct effect on the outcome of the contest, though had some of these calls gone differently, so would some of the most critical late-game possessions.

The inadvertent whistle at the end of the first overtime that prevented Cleveland from getting a good look at a game-winner in transition was the closest of all of these to truly making a difference.


In addition to the inadvertent whistle near the end of the first overtime, the league conceded that referees blew four calls during important moments of the Cavaliers’ 108-105 double-overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Three of the four calls went against the Cavs.

James should’ve drawn a foul with 1:10 left in regulation and the Cavs down 2 when he got Giannis Antetokounmpo up in the air on a 3-pointer. James leaned into him before hoisting an off-balance shot, but did not get the call. The Bucks grabbed the rebound and scored at the other end.

Officials also incorrectly called Greg Monroe for a loose ball foul on Richard Jefferson in the first overtime, then whistled J.R. Smith for an incorrect traveling call a few plays later after Smith grabbed the rebound off a Bucks miss.

Finally, James was whistled for setting an illegal screen on Michael Carter-Williams in the first minute of the second overtime. The league ruled Sunday the screen was indeed legal.

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