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Referees screw Clippers at end of Game 5 vs. Thunder (Video)

The NBA officiating crew of Tom Washington, Bennett Salvatore and Tony Brothers stole Game 5 from the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night and gave it to the Oklahoma City Thunder with a series of bad calls at the end of the game.

The Clippers blew a 7-point lead with 49 seconds left to lose 105-104. They were up 104-102 in the final 20 seconds following a layup and 3-pointer from Kevin Durant. Chris Paul had the ball for the Clippers and probably thought the Thunder were going to foul him. Russell Westbrook went after him and got a steal but was not called for a foul. That was the first questionable call of the sequence. Then Reggie Jackson got the ball after the steal and went up for a layup. Forget that Paul fouled Jackson but the refs didn’t call it; Jackson lost the ball out of bounds and the Thunder were awarded the ball after a review.

Replays seemed to show that Jackson, not Matt Barnes, was last to touch it:

Reggie Jackson Matt Barnes

Even after the review, officials gave the ball to the Thunder with 11.3 seconds left and the team down by two. OKC gave it to Westbrook, who hoisted a 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left. The refs then called a b.s. foul on Chris Paul, giving Westbrook three free throws.

Westbrook made all three free throws to give his team the lead, and then Paul turned the ball over on the final possession for the Clippers. You could even argue that Jackson fouled CP3 with a reach in on that turnover. I still put that on CP3, but the Clips had already done enough to win. The refs stole the game from them.

That’s three pretty terrible calls in my opinion, and all three went against the Clippers.

“We got robbed,” Rivers said after the game.

He is absolutely right.



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  • Ryan

    Matthew, when have NBA officials been allowed to use replays to look at fouls, not who the ball was last touched by? When did the referees mention using this rule? You quite literally are coming on here and simply regurgitating what the TV broadcast said. The officials never said anything about that rule but rather that they had bad replays, an easy cop out, despite it very clearly going out off OKC. Now your complaining about theatrics? Durant is the king of getting cheap foul calls by swinging his arms into the defenders and pretending to hoist up a shot. Your OKC bias is pathetic. I don’t care for either team, was actually rooting for OKC as I think they are more likely to beat the Spurs, but seeing a game be so clearly manipulated is completely unacceptable. Go read an NBA rule book and tell me how many violations there are per possession, because if the letter of the law was used than everyone would foul out of every game.

  • Tim Clark

    I have to say I disagree with you Larry. Doc shouldn’t be complaining because the same thing happened, but to their benefit, in their series against the Warriors. Chris Paul got fouled and it wasn’t called, and the ball ended up going clearly off Chris Paul. They reviewed it and awarded the Clippers the ball to make up for the missed foul call even though it was clearly off Paul.

  • Nick

    If this whole situation was flipped and all the calls would have went against the Thunder none of you would be crying about how they got robbed and how “rigged” it is. You people do realize even if the refs are blowing calls because it’s rigged, the players still have to make their shots and free throws. Given to them or not. If Westbrook misses those 3 free throws and its a thunder loss none of you would be screaming its rigged. It’s a live sport. So it’s more real than rigged if anything and yall are doing nothing but whining. Don’t watch it if you dont like it.

  • Andrew

    the officials have been bribe, period.

  • Shuggah21

    that must be why the thunder had 36 free throws against only 20 for LAC

  • Shuggah21

    he hit the left hand yet the ball went off his right hand smart guy

  • TEEJAYZ

    I’m a longtime Clips fan but if what happened to them had happened to OKC I’d still be blown away. I just don’t understand how you blow a freaking replay call. I’m not a conspiracy freak but it sure looked like something was going on. Game time action? Calls get missed. Part of the game. But on a replay? Nope. Not buying it.

  • TEEJAYZ

    Didn’t know the playoff series was a best of 5.

    Good to know.

  • TEEJAYZ

    What I don’t get is that the replay WASN’T bad. It was clear to anyone watching at home. And if that call had gone against the Clips I’d be saying the same thing. I’d also like to see a replay of the Paul foul. TNT only had one angle? I don’t buy it.

  • TEEJAYZ

    Doesn’t matter if he forced his hand out or not.

    Irrelevant.
    The ball touched Jackson last. Period.

  • Ryan

    The replay was fine, clearly showed everything. The refs were saying they were provided different angles than what TNT provided its viewers. If that is true, a league that generates billions in revenues not providing its officials replays that are being displayed on the Jumbotron right above them and to every house in America that is just ridiculous. My guess is that was the only excuse they could provide where people wouldn’t be completely out for their heads because it was SO obvious. It was either fixed or the most poorly officiated minute I have ever seen, either way they took that game from LAC, and now most likely the series.

  • PCK

    No. Clippers lost the ball on that review lol. You have it backwards. That’s why Doc was even more pissed because on that Golden State play they reviewed and went by the rule saying off Paul so GS ball, yet for OKC they gave it back to OKC even though it was clearly off Jackson.

  • Tim Clark

    No I’m sorry but you’re mistaken. The ball clearly went off Paul and and they gave the ball to the Clippers because Paul was also clearly fouled.

  • Reggie Bruce

    Dude, I went to UCLA and I’m a Laker fan jackass!!!!!

  • Reggie Bruce

    Oh, by the way, what’s it to you who wins the NBA championship, you’ll still be working at McDonalds.

  • Reggie Bruce

    Is Mathew a in bred too, Ryan?

  • Ryan

    No Reggie, you hold that designation as your logic makes no sense and your photo looks like your mommy and daddy were siblings. Matthew looks like a normal human being so if you notice I didn’t refer to him as that, so that right there should have answered your questions. I also like how you refuse to discuss your moronic post, just want to dispute the fact that you like like an extra from the movie The Hills have Eyes.

  • Ryan

    Thanks for addressing none of the facts of the calls, you really proved me wrong and showed how intelligent you are. So your not a Thunder fan just a bitter Lakers fan who wants to see the better LA team lose? Why does that matter to me? Your logic made no sense and you look like you hide under bridges and scare children.

  • Reggie Bruce

    Ryan, I look like an extra in of The Hills Have Eyes?
    That’s funny considering the fact that I have been an actor in lead roles for 20 years. You’re as stupid as stupid can get. You’re just a Donald Sterling racist piece of crap. You’re ignorant. Bring your girlfriend over to my house IN BEVERLY HILLS for an hour and leave her and see what she thinks I look like.

  • Ryan

    Ya, which movies again? Oh, none anyone on planet earth has heard of? Please keep inflating your ego. People that scream “I’m from Beverly Hills” are always the people who don’t matter because if you did you wouldn’t have to tell me. I lived in Malibu for several years, your a waiter who calls himself an actor, met plenty of you. My girlfriend would think you look old and haggard and have absolutely no ability to reason and should be in assisted living. Calling you hideous makes me racist? Also something new you have taught me. Still have not mentioned the only reason I came to this site which was to discuss the call and your moronic post.

  • Ryan

    Actually I am a relationship manager in corporate banking and at 27 I would bet my current salary beats your best year, but again I have no reason to bring that up, your the one who needs to inflate your ego. I never said anything about it being important to me about who won the championship… Did you really just pull that out of thin air for that weak joke? My third grade cousin literally brings it harder than that. I knew you weren’t intelligent but this is just getting sad. I think I will probably stop responding to you now as you have yet to mention the call or your post, just brag about being “a hollywood actor” (aka in porn or waiting tables) that nobody has heard of and sounds really really dumb.

  • Ryan

    That doesn’t make any sense, why would doc bring it up if the Clippers got the ball? It would weaken his own argument. Draymond Green fouled Chris Paul, the ball went off of Paul, and the Warriors were given the ball. Please actually know something before you post incorrect information multiple times as fact.

  • Reggie Bruce

    Ryan, you’re a liar…. If you worked at a bank you would’t post crap that could get you FIRED!!!!!! You may work at a bank, as a teller. And oh by the way, you are a racist and a punk who hides behind the internet. It’s easy to track down who write these posts, jack ass!

  • Tim Clark

    No, you’re wrong

  • Reggie Bruce

    Ryan, I bet you never played sports, and you got your ass kicked on a regular basics when you where in high school by black guys. That;s why you’re such a punk ass coward. Real easy to talk crap on the internet, huh? Special word. “People can find out who you are real easy, bitch! No big. I’ve got friends who do this toy of thing all day long. I will send your posts to whomever you work for I swear.

  • Reggie Bruce

    Ryan, I’m going to find out who you are. You have a big mouth. I like to see you talk this crap to my face I can promise you, you”ll get a chance.

  • Ryan

    What are you talking about, I have a personal PC you idiot if you notice I haven’t been posting business hours, you literally have not said one thing that makes sense. I work for the largest bank in the US and no, real banking isn’t done in a branch I am not talking about 25K loans to tools like you, I do 200MM loans to large corporations. I’m racist because I called your logic moronic and told you that you are hideous? Please explain that to me. Also, please track me down, I would do a little more work on that beat face.

  • Ryan

    Wow it seems like you are dying to talk to me Reggie, this is getting pathetic. I actually was the captain of my high school basketball team, though at only 6 feet and not exceptionally athletic thats as far as my career went. No, I actually played hoops with several black guys who I still consider friends (when did I say anything negative about black people?).You still haven’t responded to anything I say, one minute your a hollywood big shot the next you hang out with scumbags? Still haven’t discussed the call or really anything that makes sense and are just starting to create things I have said out of thin air. Please find out who I am, I have done nothing but call you a moron and tell you that your hideous while repeatedly trying to discuss the call. Please go back to your mothers basement Mr. Hollywood. I am blocking you as it seems like you are waiting by a keyboard for my response, kind of like you want to date me. I was over this like 8 posts ago but listening to your rants has provided me and my friends some pretty good laughs, enjoy the fantasy of plotting your revenge, talk about sad…..

  • Ryan

    Reggie, you are so f#cking stupid it is literally astounding. What would I get fired for? I have done nothing illegal, nothing my superiors would do but laugh about. I am a private citizen, what I do on my own time is my business, its not like I am posting insider information or company secrets. You do realize Governors and Presidents, people with just a little higher profile than a young corporate banker, perform illegal and immoral acts such as getting caught with prostitutes or fondling staff members. You sitting there acting like I can’t be a banker because I would be fired is the dumbest thing I have ever heard anyone say. Go watch an episode of game of thrones (probably can’t afford HBO) because you must be related to Hodor.

  • Reggie Bruce

    WOW! You played basketball with black guys! That’s very white of you. You consider them friends but I doubt they consider you one. Let me tell you something, Jackass. First of all my mother has been dead for 20 years. Number two, the comments you have made are so sick and pathetic I doubt you were the captain of a basketball team,. You called me gay, inbred and a moron and you stated my parents were related. What the hell is wrong with you? Are you on dope!!!! People do not talk that way. If you said any of this in my face you would have a very big problem, white boy!

  • Ryan

    Inbred Reg back at it, I love your inability to have any continuity of thought. What happened to you being a movie star, coming to find me, me not being able to be a banker because I post online, or any of outlandish topics you have brought up? Ok so today it is “white” to play sports with people of other races, haha what a f#cking dips!t. The bond of being a teammate is actually one of the strongest you can build, but you obviously wouldn’t know that as you were busy hiding your hideous deformed self in caves while the rest of us played sports. Also love the fact you post during the middle of the day you unemployed piece of garbage, please follow mommy dearest underground and stop wasting resources that would be better used on someone else. Yes, I believe I have called you those things, but no dope here. I am actually the one who can have a fluid conversation while you jibber jabber like a stammering second grader. Lastly, you have no idea what ethnicity I am, I would say a lot worse to your face, and please do the world a favor and wear some cement shoes on your next swim you sick pedophile.

  • Ryan

    Account deactivated, please continue pretending being an extra makes you a movie star.

  • Reggie Bruce

    I just realize. You make a lot of comments about the film industry. You’re a wanna be actor. No body in they right mind would post the comments you posted unless they were a wanna be actor. I get it now. One day you’ll get you SAG card, Ryan. You don’t work in a bank, trust me. No way. You’re too big of an idiot. And you are white.