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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Referees escorted off floor after controversial Raptors-Thunder ending

Officiating controversies continue to be a black eye for the NBA this season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors on Sunday 132-125, but the end of the game was marred by some questionable refereeing decisions. A series of perceived no-calls down the stretch of the contest caused Toronto’s frustration to boil over, and Serge Ibaka, DeMar DeRozan, and coach Dwane Casey were all ejected in quick succession in the last ten seconds. Casey’s tossing (the final one of the three) seemed particularly egregious, as the referees appeared to eject him when it was actually a fan who yelled at them.

As the game went final, the officiating crew of Marc Davis, Brent Barnaky, and Haywoode Workman had to be escorted off the floor by security amidst the jeers of an angered home crowd at the Air Canada Centre.

DeRozan and Casey had this to say after, per TSN Sports’ Josh Lewenberg.

The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors. They are also not the first team to express issues with the referees just this past weekend alone.

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