I don’t see it happening to anyone else. It’s weird’: LeBron James left furious after referees failed to call Jason Tatum passing his arm on a layup that could have given the Los Angeles Lakers the win… as officials admit they messed up after the Boston Celtics won in overtime
LeBron James was furious that the referees missed Jason Tatum as he flicked his arm on a layup that could have given his Los Angeles Lakers a win over the Boston Celtics.
With the game tied at 105-105 with just over three seconds left on the clock, James drove the ball to the basket and missed a layup.
The Lakers star thought he was clearly fouled by Tatum and reacted angrily to the decision not to point out a foul.
LeBron James was furious at the referees who lost Jason Tatum as he swiped his arm on a layup
It could have given his Los Angeles Lakers a win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday
James reacted angrily to the failure of the referees to call a foul at the end of regulation time
He gesticulated wildly, collapsing to the floor, looking on in disbelief as he fell to his knees as the game approached overtime. The Lakers went on to lose 125-121 to the leaders of the Eastern Conference.
James’ teammate Patrick Beverley committed a technical foul for challenging the officials by picking up the camera and pointing to the foul at the end of regulation.
Potential game-winning free throws would have been awarded had the referees been called for the foul.
James also posted on his official Twitter account, expressing his disbelief with the decision
Patrick Beverley, James’ teammate, committed a technical foul to challenge the officials
James was visibly upset when given a post-match interview, saying, “You saw my reaction.” It’s a challenge. I did not get it. I don’t understand.
It’s been built, you’ve seen a few games we’ve lost this year, late calls haven’t been answered. We literally had the chance to win the game.
“Second one in the last few weeks for me, against Dallas I had the chance to win the game if the foul counted.” I don’t understand what we’re doing.
I watch basketball every day. I watch these games every day. I don’t see it happening to anyone else. It’s weird.’
To make matters worse, referee Eric Lewis admitted the foul was wasted after the Celtics sealed the win in overtime.
To make matters worse, referee Eric Lewis admitted the foul was a waste after the Celtics won in overtime
Boston Globe reporter Adam Himmelsbach He was asked: ‘It looks like there was a connection on the LeBron engine at the end of the slate. Why was there no foul call and what did you see there?
Lewis replied: ‘There was a connection. At that time, during the match, we did not see a foul. The crew missed the play.
James’ teammate, Anthony Davis, said of the incident: “It’s a bulls***. It’s unacceptable… We got cheated tonight.”
The best player on earth can’t take a call. It’s amazing,” said Lakers coach Darvin Hamm.
“As much as you try not to put him on power, it becomes increasingly difficult.”
Tatum declined to dwell on the controversial play, saying the end of the game was “a blur.”
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