Harrison Barnes was whistled for a personal foul on DeMar DeRozan on a 3-point attempt with 12.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the Kings' 117-114 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night at United Center.
Kings coach Mike Brown challenged the call and after review, the call was upheld. On Thursday, the NBA doubled down on its assessment regarding the foul call.
"Replay review of the shooting foul called on Barnes pursuant to a coach's challenge was deemed unsuccessful," the NBA's Last Two Minute Report read for the Kings-Bulls matchup. "Barnes makes contact with DeRozan's elbow, which affects his jump shot attempt."
DeRozan subsequently made the free throw to tie the game at 114. Thankfully for Kings fans, Sacramento's All-Star guard De'Aaron Fox saved the day by hitting a game-winning 3-pointer to stun the Chicago crowd.
"I'm nice. I'm f--king nice," Fox told reporters after the game regarding his game-winning shot.
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This is not the first time the Kings have not received the benefit of the doubt when it comes to controversial late-game foul calls.
Still, Fox, Barnes and the Kings made the most of it and showcased why they are one of the top teams in, not just the Western Conference, but the entire NBA.