NBA says Heat's Jimmy Butler fouled twice on final possession against Lakers

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DALLAS -- The Miami Heat may have been two missed calls away from a different fate in their 113-110 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Per the NBA's last 2-minute report, the Lakers committed two fouls against Jimmy Butler that weren't called on the Heat's final possession of the game.

The first foul occurred during the inbound with 4.1 seconds left in the game. According to the report, "During the inbound pass, (LeBron) James (LAL) is late to the spot and initiates contact with Butler (MIA) that affects his (freedom of movement)."

Had the foul been called, Butler would've received one free-throw and the Heat would've had possession of the ball with 4.1 seconds remaining because the foul on Butler was during an inbounds play.

The second missed call happened during Butler's potential game-tying 3-pointer.

Per the report, "(Anthony) Davis (LAL) moves into Butler's (MIA) space and makes contact to his body that affects his jump shot attempt. The contact is not created by Butler's leg extension."


Butler would've received three free-throws with 2.6 seconds remaining if the foul was called. His shot fell short and the Heat dropped their first home game of the season with the Lakers winning their 13th consecutive road game.

Miami started a three-game road trip Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks before playing the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday and the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

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