The Dallas Mavericks will be hoping that a recent last second blown call does not ruin their play-off chances.
With the Mavs trailing the Golden State Warriors by just two points with less than 20 seconds on the clock, the officials ruled that Warriors' number seven, Jermaine O'Neal's shot block was legitimate and the visitors left with the win.
NBA President Rod Thorn removed the blame from the match officials through a statement on NBA.com. Thorn confirmed that: "a shot...was on the way down when initially contacted and ruled a block... and should have been ruled a goaltend. The exact trajectory of the ball when touched was impossible to ascertain with the naked eye, and the play was not reviewable."
Had the foul been called the Mavs would have been given the two points towards the victory which would have lifted them to seventh, just behind their Tuesday night opponents. The Warriors took the advantage from the decision and with the game tied at 120-120, Stephen Curry netted a game-winning shot which beat the buzzer by a tenth of a second to take the win by two points.
Losing the game had deeper consequences for Dallas in their push for the play-offs. As well as the fact that the decision went against them and the late defeat will dent their confidence, they have also been knocked back in their pursuit of a play-off position. They now sit in ninth - half a game back from Memphis and Phoenix.
Thorn's admission comes as part of a newer NBA approach introduced by Commissioner Adam Silver to release more information to the fans about the league.
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