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Monday, May 21, 2018

LeBron James fouls out of Game 4 on moving screen (Video)

LeBron James fouled out for just the fifth time in his career, and it came in the final minute of a playoff game with his team trailing.

James was called for an offensive foul with 56 seconds left in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for supposedly fouling Lance Stephenson on a moving screen. It was an extremely petty violation by James, and one you never expect to see called.

James made contact with Stephenson by stepping on the Pacers guard’s foot:

LeBron James Lance Stephenson

The referees then reviewed the next play and said a ball went off David West, giving the ball to the Heat. But they called a travel on Dwyane Wade on the possession after that, which gave the ball and essentially the game back to the Pacers. Indiana won 99-92 to tie the series at two.

This was the second time in his playoff career that James fouled out of a playoff game. The previous time happened in the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics last year.

Even Kevin Durant tweeted that he thought it was a bad call by the referees:

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