LeBron James Reacts to No Foul Call on Possible Game Winner for Lakers

LeBron James Reacts to No Foul Call on Possible Game Winner for Lakers

  • LeBron James was livid after a foul by Jayson Tatum on him was not called
  • The Lakers had a chance to beat the Boston Celtics on the road, but James was fouled as he tried to win the game with seconds left in regulation
  • The Celtics won 125-121 in overtime, but the main talking point was the officiating
  • James and the Lakers believe the referees missed the call

LeBron James was in disbelief after referees failed to call a foul by Jayson Tatum on him in the dying embers of their gripping clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics outlasted the Lakers 125-121 in overtime, but the major talking point was the foul call miss on James. The 38-year-old was livid after the whistle was not blown to give him a chance to win the game.

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LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Photo by Maddie Meyer.
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The 2020 NBA champions had a golden opportunity to stun the league leaders on their own court, but the Lakers believe they were cheated by that call at the end of regulation.

With 4.00 seconds left in regulation, James drove to the basket and attempted a left-handed lay-up. However, Tatum hit his arm, forcing him to miss the shot before the time expired.

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James was outraged by the decision and was furious as he tried to explain to the officials he was fouled on the arm.

James reacts to no foul call

Crew chief Eric Lewis said they completely missed the call, admitting there was contact, per ESPN. Lakers have recently been on the end of suspect officiating.

"There was contact. At the time, during the game, we did not see a foul. The crew missed the play."

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James continued with his impressive performance, dropping 41 points on 15-for-30 shooting. He doesn't understand why he doesn't get calls like other players getting to the paint.

"It's challenging. I don't get it. I'm attacking the paint, just as much as any of the guys in this league that's shooting double-digit free throws a night, and I don't get it. I don't understand it."

James shot six free throws while Lakers shot 20 as a team. Meanwhile, Boston went 34-for-39 at the line. Anthony David echoed James's remarks saying the decision was unacceptable.

Fans reaction for James missed call

The decision drew many angry reactions from fans on Twitter, with come calling for the officials to be punished.


"And Please keep the post game miss call confession from the refs cause it’s pointless. That was just awful."


"Not even a lakers fan, that was an obvious foul"


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"That ref should be suspended."


"The Celtics have the refs in their pocket every game, it’s pathetic."


"Didn’t get the W officially, but the league is put on notice. Lakers are gonna make a push after tonight bc they know they won in regulation ON the road."

Patrick Beverley shows camera to referee

After the controversial decision, guard Patrick Beverley, just like most Lakers players and fans was livid. He got a camera to show Lewis the missed call, per CBS Sports.

He was quickly hit with a technical foul and Tatum hit a free throw before overtime.

James jersey auctioned

Sports Brief earlier reported on James game-worn jersey from Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals being auctioned for $3.7 million.

James scored 37 points in Game 7 as the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in a memorable series which got James his second ring and Finals MVP.

Michael Jordan's "Last Dance" NBA Finals jersey ($10.91 million) and Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" jersey ($9.28 million) are now the only expensive game-worn jerseys.

Source: SportsBrief.com