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Pistons rue ‘worst call’

The Philippine Star
Pistons rue �worst call�
A thrilling clash at Madison Square Garden swung decisively in favor of the Knicks in the closing seconds, when officials failed to penalize New York’s Donte DiVincenzo for a blatant foul on Pistons forward Ausar Thompson as the two tussled for a loose ball with Detroit leading 111-110.
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MANILA, Philippines — Detroit coach Monty Williams slammed NBA refs for making the “worst call of the season” after the Pistons slumped to an agonizing last-gasp 113-111 defeat to the New York Knicks on Monday.

A thrilling clash at Madison Square Garden swung decisively in favor of the Knicks in the closing seconds, when officials failed to penalize New York’s Donte DiVincenzo for a blatant foul on Pistons forward Ausar Thompson as the two tussled for a loose ball with Detroit leading 111-110.

The Knicks recovered possession in the chaos, allowing Jalen Brunson to move the ball to Josh Hart who drove in what turned out to be the winning layup before adding a free throw to seal victory.

NBA referee James Williams later admitted officials had blundered and should have called a foul on DiVincenzo.

“Upon postgame review we determined that Thompson gets to the ball first, and then was deprived of the opportunity to gain possession of the ball,” Williams told a pool reporter.

“Therefore a loose ball foul should have been whistled on New York’s Donte DiVincenzo.”

But the official’s mea culpa was unlikely to placate Pistons coach Williams, who was incandescent at the officiating howler in his post-game press conference.

“We had a chance to win the game and the guy dove into (Thompson’s) legs and there was a no call,” Williams fumed.

“That’s an abomination. You cannot miss that in an NBA game. Period.”

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