In its “Last Two Minute Report” on Saturday, the NBA acknowledged that Lakers center Roy Hibbert did not foul Dallas Mavericks center Zaza Pachulia in a crucial play with 45.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game.
The Mavericks held an 86-82 lead with just over a minute left. The Lakers were looking to make a stop, but Hibbert was called for his sixth foul incorrectly, knocking him out of the game.
Pachulia hit one of two free throws. Kobe Bryant rushed a three-point attempt on the next possession. Metta World Peace was able to steal the rebound from Pachulia, but he too missed a shot behind the arc and Dallas pulled away in the final seconds, winning 90-82.
Had Hibbert not fouled out, perhaps the Lakers would have scored on the ensuing possession, with a chance to win.
The report also detailed an incorrect call with 1:53 left on the clock, an out-of-bounds play that was awarded to the Lakers, though in retrospect, the ball was off Bryant.
The Lakers scored on the next play, a jump shot from Hibbert, perhaps evening out the later, incorrect call on the team’s center.
The NBA issues daily reports assessing all calls, and non-calls, over the final two minutes of a game, provided the teams are within five points of each other at the two-minute mark.
With a 1-8 record to the start the season, the Lakers have had a difficult time closing out games successfully. They’ll play again on Sunday night at Staples Center against the Detroit Pistons (5-4).