NBA says Raptors’ Gasol should have gone to foul line late in Game 5


Wednesday June 12, 2019

The NBA said Tuesday that Toronto’s Marc Gasol, left, should have been awarded two free throws after being fouled by Golden State’s DeMarcus Cousins, right, in the final minute of the Raptors’ loss in Game 5. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

League admits game officials missed call on Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins in final minute

The NBA says Toronto’s Marc Gasol should have been given two free throws with 49 seconds left of Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, a game that the Raptors lost to Golden State by one point.

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Gasol was fouled by the Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins on a drive, the NBA said in its Last Two Minute Report that was issued Tuesday. Gasol missed the shot and tumbled to the floor, but no foul was called.

Golden State led 106-103 at the time. The Warriors wound up prevailing 106-105, staving off elimination and sending the series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 on Thursday night.

The NBA said Cousins moved into Gasol, “initiating contact that affects his driving shot attempt.”

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