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LeBron James was furious with NBA officials for not calling a foul in the last minutes of the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
The score was 105-105, with four seconds left in regulation time. James drove to the basket, and he was surrounded by three Celtic players when he went up for a shot. It looked like he was hit in the arm.
James missed the shot against Celtic player Jayson Tatum. No foul was called. Patrick Beverley received a technical foul for trying to show a referee they missed a call in the final moments of regulation.
LeBron was not happy after this play to win the game. pic.twitter.com/FNMPBQTHox
— ESPN (@espn) January 29, 2023
Pat Bev moment pic.twitter.com/DnxPH373aE
— alex (@highIightheaven) January 29, 2023
The game went into overtime, with the Celtics winning 125–121.
James played 44 minutes and scored 41 points with nine rebounds and eight assists in the loss. Beverley added 15 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Anthony Davis came off the bench and scored 16 points, and grabbed ten rebounds. He also had four assists.
Davis was just as upset after the game.
“I guarantee you if the refs started getting fined for missed calls, they’d be better.” pic.twitter.com/8Th6ci1shv
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 29, 2023
In a pool report from tonight’s game, referee Eric Lewis admitted the officials missed a call at the end of regulation that would have awarded LeBron James potential game-winning free throws: pic.twitter.com/fFD8Gv70zm
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 29, 2023