The Lakers guard used a prop to plead the case of a missed foul call on LeBron James in the final seconds of regulation, but was ultimately unsuccessful.
LeBron James was hoping to lead the Lakers to a victory against the Celtics on Saturday at TD Garden—however, an incorrect call by officials in the final seconds of regulation resulted in the opposite outcome for the four-time NBA champion.
After Celtics star Jaylen Brown notched a free throw to the tie game at 105, James drove to the basket to try and convert a layup within the final four seconds of the game. He undoubtedly took on some contact from MVP candidate Jayson Tatum in the process, but officials didn’t call a foul and the game went into overtime.
The 38-year-old was livid in the aftermath. In James’s defense, his teammate Patrick Beverley stepped on the court with a camera to show the referee that he missed a foul.
Beverley, who converted a three-pointer and tip-in dunk to help the Lakers down the stretch of the game, picked up a technical foul as a result of his behavior. The Celtics went on to outscore the Lakers, 20–16, in overtime to win by a score of 125–121.
The NBA determined after the game that the Lakers indeed had reason to be upset, as Tatum should have been called for the foul.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham was unhappy with the situation, telling reporters in his postgame press conference, “The best player on Earth can't get a call. It's amazing. ... I don't want to see another last two minute report. They can save that.”
James finished with 41 points, eight assists and nine rebounds in the loss. The Lakers (23–27) are currently No. 13 in the Western Conference and sit two games out of the final play-in spot. Los Angeles will open a five-game road trip starting Monday against the Nets.
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