With three seconds remaining in regulation and the Lakers up 122-119, Ball was called for a shooting foul on Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, who then sank three free throws to tie the game.
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James, who is out with a strained groin suffered Christmas Day, tweeted the following remarks:
After the game, NBA referee Tom Washington spoke with a pool reporter regarding the call. The official admitted the decision was incorrect but could not be reviewed:
The foul was clear, but the question is whether it was on the floor. If the referees deemed that the foul occurred before the shot, then Westbrook would have gone to the line for just two shots. Instead, the Thunder point guard hit three to force the extra frame.
The call ended up being much ado about nothing as the Lakers won in overtime 138-128, but what's most interesting is that the four-time NBA MVP tweeted at the official NBA referees account. In a bit of foreshadowing, that account will be interacting with Twitter users during future games, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
The first contest on the docket this season for the tweeting referee account will be the Lakers' home game against the Golden State Warriors on Monday. James likely won't be back for that one, so it will be noteworthy as to whether he (or any other player) gets into a conversation with the NBA officials' Twitter during matchups.