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NBA admits refs missed key call in Warriors' loss to Mavs

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It's official: The referees missed a crucial last-minute call that hurt the Warriors on Saturday night in their 134-132 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Sunday's Last Two Minute Report shows the ball bounced off Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis with 48.6 seconds remaining. The call should have been a Dallas turnover, giving the Warriors the ball down 128-124 with less than one minute remaining. 

Instead, the Mavericks kept the ball and Luka Doncic nailed a game-sealing 3-pointer to give Dallas a seven-point lead. 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted to reporters in his postgame video conference that he wanted to challenge the play, but he was unable to initiate a review under the NBA's rules because it wasn't called on the floor.

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The missed called clearly hurt the Warriors, and wasted another all-time performance from Steph Curry. After the loss, the Warriors (12-11) now sit in eighth place of the Western Conference standings. 

These aren't the Warriors of old. Every game matters, especially in a 72-game season. There's nothing they can do now, but Sunday's admission is nothing more than salt of the wound of a tough Warriors loss. 

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