The Mavericks will file a protest of their 127-125 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night in Dallas after confusion over which team had possession of the ball led to an uncontested dunk for the Warriors late in the third quarter, team governor Mark Cuban told ESPN.
Coming out of a timeout, Warriors center Kevon Looney had a free dunk on an inbounds play with 1:56 left in the third quarter. The Mavericks, believing they had possession, were lined up on their offensive end of the court, which Cuban attributed to an officiating error.
Cuban tweeted his account of the incident Wednesday night, saying the refs had initially said it was Mavs ball. A timeout was then called.
The Mavericks to file a “formal protest” of their 2-point loss to the Warriors tonight, per @ShamsCharania.
Mark Cuban: “During the timeout, the ref changed the call & never told us. Then when they saw us line up as if it were our ball, he just gave the ball to the Warriors.” pic.twitter.com/2kmjvflcVH
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) March 23, 2023
Here is video from @dieter of the lead-up to the alleged missed call that the Mavericks are reportedly protesting. Mark Cuban Tweeted out that it was initially called Mavs ball and then changed without notification, but it appears here to be Warriors ball. pic.twitter.com/yOBB732cs1
— Kylen Mills (@KylenMills) March 23, 2023