Referees admit wrong call made on Lonzo Ball at end of regulation

ESPN

The referees admitted that a shooting foul called on the Los Angeles Lakers' final defensive possession in regulation Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder should not have been called.

The call ultimately didn't matter, with the Lakers going on to win in overtime 138-128.

With 2.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the Lakers up 122-119, Lonzo Ball was whistled for a foul on Russell Westbrook as Westbrook received an inbounds pass and made his way toward the 3-point line to hoist a shot.

The refs awarded Westbrook three free throws, and he hit all three to tie the score and force the extra session.

Afterward, referee Tom Washington explained the call to a pool reporter.

"The official called the foul because at the time he thought Russell had started his shooting motion and he was clearly behind the 3-point line and there was illegal contact by Ball," Washington said.

LeBron James, who is not on the road trip with the Lakers as he continues to rehab a strained left groin that has caused him to miss the last 12 games, chimed in on the call on Twitter.

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