Refs Faced with Lookalike Play 1 Night After Crucial Call Controversy

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2014


After NBA referees were crucified for blowing a call in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder, officials in Game 5 of the Miami Heat's victory over the Brooklyn Nets faced an eerily similar dilemma. 

With the Heat holding a two-point edge in the final seconds of the series' decisive game, LeBron James appeared to foul Paul Pierce before the ball bounced off the latter's hands and out of bounds. 

However, after review, officials awarded possession to the Nets, although they didn't get a shot off on their final look after James and Ray Allen stripped Joe Johnson as time expired. 

On Tuesday, Matt Barnes appeared to foul Thunder guard Reggie Jackson before the ball clearly bounced out of play and off of Jackson's hand, although Oklahoma City wound up keeping the ball and taking the lead for good after Russell Westbrook sank three clutch free throws.