League Says Refs Made Wrong Call in Portland-Dallas Game

League Says Refs Made Wrong Call in Portland-Dallas Game
January 30, 2013, 6:45 pm
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The NBA office released a statement today admitting that the charging call on Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo in the final seconds of Tuesday's 106-104 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers was incorrect.

Ronnie Price stepped in the way of the guard, which, the league says, should have been free throws for Mayo.

"After review at the league office, the video replay confirmed the play should have been ruled a blocking foul as Portland's Ronnie Price did not get his body directly in Mayo's path prior to him starting his upward shooting motion," an NBA statement read. "Mayo should have been granted two free throws."

Instead, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge hit the game-winning turnaround jumper off an inbounds play at the buzzer.

The Mavericks blew a 21-point lead from the halfway marker of the third quarter, sending them to 19-26 on the season, five games out of eighth place in the Western Conference and four games behind the ninth-place Trail Blazers.

Mayo told reporters in San Francisco Wednesday, "You really can't [say] too much without getting a big fine,” saying he wishes the final 3 seconds could be replayed.