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LeBron James denied 3-pointer on controversial call in Lakers-Timberwolves game

LeBron James steps on the line on a three-pointer during a Lakers-Timberwolves game

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James thought he made a game-tying three-pointer late Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Instead, James and his size 15 shoes were just a centimeter off.

James initially quieted the capacity crowd at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. when he connected on a long-range shot with 3.1 seconds left. It appeared as though everyone in the building, save for the referees, thought James had just made a three to tie the game at 107.

However, James’ shot was called a two-pointer. Referees ruled that James’ foot was just barely on the line. You be the judge.

Given that the referees ruled the shot a two-pointer on the floor, they would have needed clear and conclusive evidence to overturn the call.

James did get one final crack to force overtime after Anthony Edwards split a pair of free throws. But the Lakers frontman wasn’t even able to get a shot off before time expired.

James finished with 26 points and 6 assists Saturday in the Lakers’ 108-106 loss to the Timberwolves.

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