The NBA announced Wednesday that its referees incorrectly ruled a key final play during the Portland Trail Blazers' 106-104 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. Blazers guard Ronnie Price, the league said, should have been called for a blocking foul when Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo was whistled for a charge in the game's closing seconds.
With 1.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks-Portland Trail Blazers game on January 29, officials called a charging foul on Dallas' OJ Mayo. After review at the league office, the video replay confirmed the play should have been ruled a blocking foul as Portland's Ronnie Price did not get his body directly in Mayo's path prior to him starting his upward shooting motion. Mayo should have been granted two free throws.
Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge sank the game-winning buzzer-beater on Portland's ensuing possession.
Here was Price's reaction last night.
"I didn't know," Price told Blazersedge, when asked if he was sure he drew the charge or if he thought he would be whistled for the block on the bang-bang play. "I knew I couldn't jump up and block the shot because I was too late. I just went back to the college, [Utah Valley State coach Dick] Hunsaker's drills. Slide over, quick as you can, and take the charge."
The review's conclusion does not impact the result of the game.
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