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Washington-Portland ended on a controversial game-winner - officials admit mistake

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The Washington Wizards picked up one of the most controversial wins this NBA season that could have a big effect on who plays who in the playoffs later this year.

Against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, Markieff Morris helped Washington secure a late 125-124 victory with a last-second jump shot, putting them in second spot in the Eastern Conference and extending their winning streak to five.

However, the win came in very controversial fashion.

During the jump shot for the win, Morris stepped out of bounds, meaning the basket should never have counted, and the Trail Blazers should have gone away with the win instead. 

Due to the fact the no-call was not reviewable because of NBA rules relating to replay protocol, the score counted, meaning Portland had blown a 21-point lead in regulation.

The NBA rulebook states, according to The Score: "Referees can only initiate a review on a called out-of-bounds play (for example, not one where an out-of-bounds might have occurred) and only those involving doubt as to which player caused the ball to go out (not those, for example, where a player stepped on the line)."

Damian Lillard certainly wasn't happy about this call by the officials and made his feelings known after the game. He said to Mike Richman of OregonLive.com: "It's a time in the season where you need these games. Every little thing counts. That's BS that you can't look at that. Now obviously, we had plenty of opportunity to win the game. We was up 20, but it's the NBA and things happen."

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Officials that were in charge of the game even admitted afterward that if a replay was available, the call would have been reversed, likely giving the Trail Blazers the win. Lead official Rodney Mott said: "We looked at it and if it was reviewable, it would have been called out of bounds, Portland's ball."

It is unclear how much of an effect this poor decision will have on the seasons of Washington and Portland, but as of right now, it has placed the Wizards in second in the Eastern Conference, and the Trail Blazers in ninth in the Western Conference.

If the season ended today, this would obviously mean that Washington would have an easier playoff game, while Portland would miss out on the postseason entirely. If the Western Conference team ends up missing out on the playoffs by one win, you know this game is going to be brought up.

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Northwest Division
Western Conference
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Portland Trail Blazers
Eastern Conference
Southeast Division
Washington Wizards
John Wall
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