The Kings' 99-97 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night was too close for comfort. It also created a controversial call -- a call in which we recently received some clarity.
With 5.5 seconds remaining in the game, Harrison Barnes was called for blocking a foul against LeBron James. This allowed LeBron to sink a couple of free throws to get the Lakers to 99 points.
Barnes would later say contact was made but was waiting for the replay to decide.
The NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report would confirm James did indeed foul Barnes with 5.5 seconds remaining.
"James (LAL) extends his elbow into Barnes's (SAC) chin before any contact is initiated by Barnes on the perimeter," the report stated.
However, the previous play, where a defensive foul was called on Harrison Barnes defending a driving LeBron James was determined incorrect and should have been an offensive foul. "James extends his elbow into Barnes's chin before any contact is initiated by Barnes." pic.twitter.com/1i7fqjLAUx— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) November 16, 2019
“Who initiated that, that’s for replays to decide," Barnes said after the game. " And they chose to call that a foul on me and that’s something you have to live with."
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Buddy Hield spoke to NBC Sports California's James Ham about the play and said it was a game-changer.
“One call changed the whole game, it could have gone either way,” Hield said. “It be like that sometimes. When the home team is favored, especially you know, in LA.”
In a game that close, he could be right.