New Orleans -- The NBA announced on Sunday that the referees blew a call that decided the fate of the New Orleans Pelicans against the Dallas Mavericks. Saturday's game in Dallas ended with the Mavericks claiming a 110-107 win over the Pelicans but it was the final possession of the game that became the topic of discussion, Sunday.
As the clock ticked down, Pelicans guard Austin Rivers dribbled the ball up the court, attempting to score. As Rivers approached the 3-point line, Monta Ellis of the Mavericks smothered Rivers, preventing him from getting a clean shot in an attempt to tie the game. In one final desperation try, Rivers attempted to heave the ball towards the goal, but was unable to muscle it due to Ellis holding Rivers' arm.
The ball went flying towards the bench and as Rivers fell to the floor, he looked for an official to call a foul but no call was made and the Mavericks walked away with the three-point win. If a foul would have been called, Rivers would have been sent to the free-throw line to attempt three shots, because he was in the act of shooting.
The "no call" left Pelicans Head Coach Monty Williams furious. "We stopped it with 0.5 seconds left on the clock and Monta Ellis' arm is across both of Austin Rivers' arms for a three point shot," said Williams. "It's hard to swallow that kind of no call in a game like this. It's the same call on the right side in the first half, that's a tough one man. And then they shot, I think, 45 free throws so it's hard to swallow that. We're certainly not going to blame the refs but certainly didn't like that call at the end."
The Pelicans return home to host division-rival San Antonio Monday night at the New Orleans Arena.
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