DALLAS -- For the second time in the past two weeks, a Mavericks' win ended with the opposing coach crying foul about a no-call.
In this case, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams was upset that contact by Dallas guard Monta Ellis on Austin Rivers didn't draw a whistle in the final second of the Mavs' 110-107 win Saturday night. Williams thought Rivers should have had the opportunity to shoot three free throws to potentially send the game into overtime.
"That's just too bad," Williams said. "That's just not right. If we stopped it with .5 on the clock, Monta Ellis' arm is across Austin's -- both of his arms for a 3-point shot. It's hard to swallow that kind of no-call in a game like that, especially when Dirk [Nowitzki] gets the same call on the right side in the first half.
"That's a tough one. Then, I think they shot 45 free throws. So it's hard to swallow that. Certainly not going to blame the game on the refs, but certainly didn't like the call at the end."
The Mavs' win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 30 ended in similar fashion. NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn released a statement the next day acknowledging that Shawn Marion should have been called for a foul that would have given Kevin Love a chance to shoot free throws to send the game into overtime.
Ellis admitted he would have wanted a foul call if he had been the offensive player in that situation, but he stopped short of saying he hacked Rivers.
"If you look at it, Rivers wasn't even trying to go," Ellis said. "He was just dribbling the basketball. All I did was put my hand down just like this [holding hand out below his waist] and never went back. That's just like you're just trying to put the game in the referee's hand."
Rivers said the video, which is sure to be reviewed by the league office, speaks for itself.
"I couldn't get the shot off," Rivers said. "I've never, ever had something like that. ... I can't really comment on it. I'm not trying to lose any money over this. An unfortunate event happened. It happens in basketball.
"We made mistakes down the stretch, and you can't put the game in the hands of somebody else, so it's not the referees' fault."