NBA: Nikola Jokic shouldn’t have been called for foul that preceded Michael Malone’s late technical
Surprise, surprise: The Hawks’ game-ending 9-0 run – all on free throws – in their 109-108 win over the Nuggets was aided by a wrong call. It’s just hard to have such a long streak to the line without the officiating getting too friendly.
However, the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report included two incorrectly called fouls – one by Denver and one by Atlanta.
Still, the missed calls disproportionately benefited the Hawks.
The first missed call in the report came with 1:43 left, when Malcolm Delaney was called for fouling Emmanuel Mudiay. Per the league:
Mudiay made both free throws – two extra points for the Nuggets.
The other incorrectly called foul was by Nikola Jokic on Thabo Sefolosha with 42.8 seconds left. NBA:
To compound matters, Nuggets coach Michael Malone picked up a technical foul protesting the – we now know, incorrect – call. Of course, the Hawks made all three resulting free throws – trumping Denver’s two extra points.
Plus, Jokic – the Nuggets’ best player – fouled out. That made it harder for them to protect their lead, which Atlanta overtook.