NBA admits mistake at end of Bulls-Raptors game

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Nothing can change the fact that the Bulls beat the Raptors 107-105 in overtime Wednesday night. But the NBA is saying sorry anyway.

The league announced late Friday that the officiating crew on the floor made an incorrect call with 3.3 seconds remaining in the game.

On the play -- which can be viewed here on NBA.com -- Raptors center Amir Johnson received an inbounds pass and drove in the paint. Bulls center Joakim Noah appeared to grabbed his left arm as Johnson lost his balance, with Noah slapping down on the ball.

A foul was called on Noah, but it was ruled that it happened before Johnson went into his shooting motion. The Raptors also weren't in the bonus. Which means Johnson didn't have the opportunity to go to the free-throw line and tie the game, and they also lost two seconds off the clock.

“Officials called a foul on Chicago's Joakim Noah as Toronto's Amir Johnson gathered the ball while driving to the basket,” the league said in a statement. “The officials ruled the foul was on the floor but upon review at the league office, the video replay confirmed that the foul should have been called a shooting foul with Johnson receiving two free throws.”

The Raptors inbounded on the final play and Jose Calderon missed a game-winning 3 attempt.

 
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