Russell Westbrook was not fouled by Joel Embiid in last game of Lakers loss to 76ers, NBA confirms

Russell Westbrook was not fouled by Joel Embiid in last game of Lakers loss to 76ers, NBA confirms

Russell Westbrook was not fouled by Joel Embiid in last game of Lakers loss to 76ers, NBA confirms

Call it deja vu for the Lakers, who had to pay a lot more attention to the release of the latest two-minute report over the past week than they probably would like. On Friday, the Lakers discovered that a crucial no-call at the end of overtime that could have won them a game against the Mavericks was missed after Christian Wood fouled LeBron James’ potentially game-winning layup. . LA ultimately dropped that double OT game.

Fast forward to Sunday night, and the Lakers found themselves in a similar situation. The 76ers led 113-112 and the Lakers had final possession with a chance to win it. Russell Westbrook decided to take Joel Embiid one-on-one, but as he threw his shot after driving to the edge, the ball was never even on target, hitting the entire backboard before the Sixers got the ball back as the buzzer sounded. After the match, Westbrook was adamant that Embiid had fouled him, saying: “I couldn’t raise my hand to shoot because [Embiid] caught him.”

Embiid disagreed with Westbrook’s assessment of the end game.

“I don’t think I foul him,” Embiid said. “Physical play on both sides. You could have called a foul on the other side too, on the bump. So it goes both ways.”

While both players have their own version of the game, the NBA’s official last two minute report released on Monday maintains that officials aren’t yelling foul at Embiid, stating “Embiid slightly extends his arm before retracting it and a contact marginal arm occurs with Westbrook during the drive-by attempt.” You can see in the video where Embiid makes contact with Westbrook’s wrist, but the league is fine with how the game was called in that there wasn’t enough contact to require a mistake.

Although Westbrook felt like Embiid fouled him on that play, he made it clear he knew the play wasn’t all about that final possession.

“I know the game wasn’t just about that last shot, I’ve been in this league for a long time, there’s a lot of possession in this game.” Westbrook said. “Move on, ready for tomorrow.”

It’s the second game in a row the Lakers have had a chance to win it but failed to run the final stretch, and the third game in the last four where the final score has been decided by five runs or less. The loss to the Sixers puts the Lakers on a three-game losing streak as they currently sit 13th in the Western Conference with 1.5 games separating them and the last play-in spot.

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