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Refs Admit Crucial Blown Call in Final Seconds of Blazers Loss to Wizards

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Rodney Mott admitted that Markieff Morris stepped out of bounds before hitting a game winning shot for the Wizards on Saturday night.

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The Portland Trail Blazers lost a 125-124 overtime heartbreaker to the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Ordinarily, blowing a 21-point lead at home would be depressing enough, but the Blazers’ disappointment was compounded when eagle-eyed cameras caught Wizards forward Markieff Morris stepping out of bounds immediately before hitting the game winning jump shot in overtime.

In the postgame media availability, lead referee Rodney Mott admitted to the Oregonian’s Joe Freeman that Morris had stepped out, that the officials had missed the call, and that the play would have been overturned if it had been reviewed by replay. Unfortunately for the Blazermaniacs, Mott also explained that league rules do not allow replay review under these circumstances.

Mott’s full comments can be read here:

Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard, and Meyers Leonard have all voiced their displeasure with the game’s outcome.

WARNING: NSFBEdge language on the parent quote.

Meanwhile in Sacramento, the Denver Nuggets beat the Kings 105-92 and now lead the Blazers by 2 games in the race for the no. 8 seed in the Western Conference.