Given all the blown shots and opportunities that the Wizards had to win Friday's pivotal game with the Minnesota Timberwolves, it's going to be difficult to convince anyone that they lost 132-129 in double overtime because of the game officials. But they also didn't do them any favors according to the last two-minute report released by the league office that also includes all 10 minutes of the double-overtime game.
John Wall committed a crucial turnover on a drive in the lane with 43.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter with his team ahead 108-106. In the report released Saturday, it says Wall was fouled on a reach-in by Zach LaVine. Wall lost control of the ball and it was a 24-second shot clock violation instead. It was an incorrect no-call.
Then with 4.8 seconds left in regulation with the score tied at 109, Gorgui Dieng helped on defense to prevent a drive by Wall and hacked him on his missed layup. The Wizards recovered the ball and Bradley Beal missed a three-point shot at the buzzer but Wall should've been at the foul line. It was an incorrect no-call, too.
"Dieng makes contact with Wall's body that affects his drive to the basket and shot attempt," the report states.
In the last 10 minutes, the two overtime sessions, the NBA determined the game officials -- Mike Callahan, Josh Tiven and Justin V anDuyne -- made 12 other incorrect no-calls. Seven of those went against Washington.
There was a defensive three-seconds call against Andrew Wiggins that should've awarded Washington a technical foul shot but he was allowed to camp out and contribute to forcing a turnover on Wall's drive and dish to Marcin Gortat. Nene's reverse dunk to tie the score at 113 should've been an and-1 opportunity because he was fouled by Dieng on his move to the basket. Karl-Anthony Towns set an illegal screen on Otto Porter as he tried to stick with Wiggins who passed it back to Towns for a jumper and a 115-113 lead for Minnesota.
With 26 seconds left in the first overtime, LaVine traveled by splitting his feet to make the three-pointer over Gortat that cut the deficit to 119-118. At 3:35 of the second overtime, Ricky Rubio traveled before taking a jumper that missed. At 2:18, Rubio fouled Wall on his drive that missed and it wasn't whistled though Gortat succeeded in getting the putback for a 129-125 advantage.
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