NBA L2M: Zion Williamson Was Fouled by Nikola Jokic at End of Pelicans-Nuggets

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIIApril 29, 2021

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, March 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)
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The NBA decided that Nikola Jokic should have been called for a foul at the end of the Denver Nuggets' victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night upon review of the call in the league's Last Two Minute Report

Eyebrows were raised when the referees failed to call Jokic's block of Zion Williamson at the rim as a foul. As a result of the block, Williamson missed what would have been the tying shot with 2.2 seconds left to play. 


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The Nuggets won 114-112. 

Another angle of the play revealed that Jokic should have been called for the foul.

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After the game, Jokic—who dropped 32 points to lead all scorers—acknowledged that he may have had "a little bit of luck" during the game, while Williamson chalked the no-call up to his lack of tenure in the league.

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Zion Williamson when asked about getting more calls: "I've got to earn my respect. I'm only in Year 2. I've got to get a couple more years under my belt and hopefully things change with that."

The second-year star scored 21 points in the loss.

Even if the game had gone to overtime, the Pelicans would have had to finish what they started in their fourth-quarter comeback. They never led in the game as the Nuggets improved to 41-21.

The Pelicans are back in action Thursday at 9 p.m. ET against the Oklahoma City Thunder, while the Nuggets will play at the same time against the Toronto Raptors.