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Non-call at end of Spurs-Lakers gets attention

If it's the NBA playoffs, there has to be an officiating controversy and sure enough ...

Last night's Los Angeles-San Antonio Game 4 won by the Lakers, 93-91, put L.A. ahead in the series, 3-1, with the Western Conference finals moving back to the Left Coast. But it ended with a controversial non-call by an officiating crew that included Joey Crawford. Crawford, one of the league's better officials but one who has also displayed a temper, had a notorious blow-up with the Spurs' Tim Duncan last year.

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On the play, San Antonio's Brent Barry, looking to take the last shot, got Los Angeles' Derek Fisher off his feet on a pump-fake, dribble -- and contact was made -- just before Barry's three-pointer that was off-the-mark. Barry wanted the call at the time but backed off later.

For the record, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took the refs off the hook saying: "If I was the official I wouldn't have called that a foul."


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