The NBA acknowledges three missed calls in the Knicks’ loss to the Timberwolves

The NBA acknowledged that three officer calls that went against the Knicks were wrong in the closing minutes of Tuesday’s 112-110 loss to the Timberwolves at the Garden.

Most notably, the NBA said in its official “Last 2 Minutes (L2M) Report” that Karl-Anthony Towns made an offensive error on Julius Randle seconds before the Knicks’ All-Star was whistled for an error on the Minnesota striker’s drive. three-point game that put the Timberwolves ahead by one with 29.3 seconds left.

“Towns (MIN) reaches out and grabs Randle’s (NYK) arm and affects his ability to defend,” the verdict reads.

The comment section also noted that “Randle (NYK) is making contact with Towns’ (MIN) arm affecting his attempt to drive shots,” but that call should have apparently been replaced by the previous offense that was not charged against Towns.

L2M also noted that Minnesota guard D’Angelo Russell pushed from RJ Barrett’s potential theft attempt with 22.2 seconds left.

Karl-Anthony Towns drives into Julius Randle.
Julius Randle is called a foul and-1 on a drive by Karl-Anthony Towns, which should have been an offensive foul, according to the NBA’s two-minute report.
Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

“After the deflection, Russell (MIN) stretches his forearm into Barrett (NYK) and loosens him from his position under the loose ball,” reads the comment.

Earlier, it was also decided that Towns should have been called a range foul to “make contact with the arm” on Evan Fournier’s turnover with 1:46 left. The Knicks were charged with three turnovers (two by Barrett) in the final two minutes, and Randle also missed a free kick that could have leveled the game five seconds after Towns’ three-point game.

After the game, Tom Thibodeau lamented the calls that did not go in the Knicks’ favor, while also noting that games are often “settled differently” in the fourth quarter.

“Sometimes we have to adapt to the way the game is called,” Thibodeau said. “So we had some tough calls against us. We just can not put ourselves in such a position where the judges are a factor.”


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