League: Late Game 4 review was right call

April, 24, 2011
4/24/11
5:04
PM CT
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The right call was made after a video review reversed the on-court call and awarded the Portland Trail Blazers possession after a scramble for a loose rebound late in Game 4, NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed Sunday.

With the score tied, 82-82, Jason Terry missed a 3-point attempt. A scrum ensued for the rebound. Several players’ hands were in the vicinity as the ball scooted out of bounds with 49.4 seconds to play.

The initial call was in favor of the Mavericks, but the officiating crew huddled and opted for a review.

The officials emerged from the scorer’s table and awarded possession to Portland, a crucial call because it set up Brandon Roy’s game-winning basket with 39.2 seconds to play in the Blazers’ improbable 84-82 comeback victory that evened the series at 2-2.

The officiating crews for Games 3 and4 went 1-for-2 reviewing calls. With 12.9 seconds remaining in Game 3 and the Mavs making a late charge, Jason Kidd's long jumper was ruled a 2-pointer and the call was upheld after a review.

It brought the Mavs to within 95-92. However, after the league reviewed it, Frank said the officials should have ruled Kidd’s shot a 3-pointer to make it 95-93.

Either way, Dallas would have had to foul on Portland’s ensuing possession. Andre Miller made both free throws to extend the lead to five. Had Kidd’s shot counted as a 3-pointer, Miller’s free throws still would made it a two-possession game with 9.6 seconds to play.

The Mavs might contend that they’ll never know if Miller, an 85.3 percent foul shooter this season, might feel more pressure at the free throw line if needing to make both free throws as opposed to one to put the game out of reach.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9