DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he plans to protest a two-point loss against Golden State after a confusing streak led to the Warriors’ indisputable basket Wednesday night.
Kevon Looney easily dunked in an inside game as the Mavericks lined up their offensive end after a timeout late in the third quarter of Golden State’s 127-125 win.
The Mavericks thought they had the ball after official Andy Nagy pointed in Golden State’s direction for a possession, but he quickly pointed to the Dallas bench to signal time out.
Looney protested when Nagy pointed to the Dallas bench, but Nagy appeared to make it clear he was referring to a timeout.
The public address announcer also indicated that Dallas was awarded possession.
After the break, the Mavericks lined up on their offensive end, giving Looney the easy dunk with no defenders around him as the Warriors took a 90-87 lead with 1:56 left in the third.
Cuban said he intended to protest after posting on Twitter that he believed the sequence was “probably the worst unofficial non-contact error in NBA history.”
Dallas head coach Jason Kidd’s claim was that official Michael Smith thought the Mavericks had possession because he was at the same end of the floor as the Maves.
“There were quite a few people out of work,” Kidd said. “It is correctable, but first you have to admit that there was a mistake.”
The Mavericks were without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving due to right foot soreness and fell 1 ¹/₂ a game behind the Warriors, who clinched the tiebreaker with a 2-1 win in the season series.
Irving’s absence means he and Doncic have only played together in half of 18 games since Irving made his debut following the massive trade that brought him from Brooklyn.
Golden State (38-36) holds the final guaranteed playoff spot at No. 6 in the West.
Dallas (36-37) dropped to ninth – third out of four points played.
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