NBA referees love the Dallas Mavericks.
At least, that's we're led to believe. First, they allowed Shawn Marion to foul Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Love on a potential game-tying shot attempt. This time, they permitted Monta Ellis to get away with a hack job on the New Orleans Pelicans' Austin Rivers:
The video clearly shows that Ellis fouled Rivers as he went up for a hurried game-tying three, and it's not even close. No whistle, so the Mavs won. On a controversial no-call. Again.
UPDATE: Jan. 12 at 11:15 a.m. ET by Ethan Norof:
The NBA has announced that the referees did indeed miss another last-second call.
The NBA announces that the Mavs got away with another last-second foul last night. Video: http://t.co/PdtP67uKEa— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) January 12, 2014
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Proponents of last-second whistles will be enraged; those advocating to "let them play" will be indifferent. But it doesn't matter.
By the letter of the law, this was a missed call, and a costly one at that.