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NBA says Gasol should have gone to foul line late in Game 5

Last Updated Jun 11, 2019 at 10:15 pm EDT

Toronto Raptors centre Marc Gasol (33) goes to the net past Golden State Warriors centre DeMarcus Cousins (0) during second half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Monday, June 10, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Gregory Shamus - POOL

The NBA says Toronto’s Marc Gasol should have been given two free throws with 49 seconds left of Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, a game that the Raptors lost to Golden State by one point.

Gasol was fouled by the Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins on a drive, the NBA said in its Last Two Minute Report that was issued Tuesday. Gasol missed the shot and tumbled to the floor, but no foul was called.

Golden State led 106-103 at the time. The Warriors wound up prevailing 106-105, staving off elimination and sending the series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 on Thursday night.

The NBA said Cousins moved into Gasol, “initiating contact that affects his driving shot attempt.”

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@StoneColdStunner: Not enough, which is why they’re constantly getting backlash. Because the NBA admitted to this error, it means it’s a pretty big deal. The entire series they’ve been missing calls on both sides but don’t downplay this one just because YOU think GSW didn’t get enough calls. If the Refs did their jobs properly, Raps could’ve won the last game, ending the series.

June 12, 2019 at 11:34 am