Posted February 06, 2014

Video: Raptors’ Kyle Lowry runs off the court after disputed foul call, ejection vs. Kings

Ben Golliver, Kyle Lowry, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors

Kyle Lowry raced off the court “Forrest Gump” style after he was whistled for a controversial offensive foul call, and then ejected, during the closing minute of Toronto’s 109-101 road loss to Sacramento on Wednesday.

With the Kings leading 105-99 and just 28.5 seconds remaining in the game, the Raptors swung the ball to Lowry at the right angle on an inbounds play. Lowry quickly stepped into a three-pointer, and Sacramento rookie guard Ben McLemore contacted him during the shot. Lowry’s three was good and the whistle seemingly signaled the possibility of a four-point play that would cut the Kings’ lead to two.

Instead, Lowry was whistled for an offensive foul, apparently because his legs swung forward during his shooting motion. Once referee Eric Lewis signaled the offensive foul call, Lowry immediately hopped up off the hardwood in disbelief, running down toward the other end of the court. That reaction earned him a technical foul, and after turning around to confirm that call, Lowry simply headed for the locker room, even though there were 25.5 seconds left in the game. Sacramento had no problem holding on for the victory after Lowry’s ejection.

Prior to the 2012-13 season, the NBA’s referees were instructed to emphasize the so-called “Reggie Miller rule,” which mandated an offensive foul for shooters that kicked out their legs in an attempt to draw a foul during their shooting motion. Although Lowry’s legs did swing forward during his shot, the swing didn’t seem unnatural or intentionally undertaken to draw contact. Rather, it seemed to be a product of his on-the-move, catch-and-shoot motion, and his attention was on the ball and rim throughout the shot, even after contact. While both players did fall to the court, the best decision was probably a no-call, especially considering the time/score situation and game-deciding implications of the offensive foul.

Lowry, who was arguably the East’s top All-Star snub, departed with 21 points (on 7-for-16 shooting), eight assists and seven rebounds. DeMar DeRozan added 18 points (on 5-for-17 shooting), six rebounds and four assists.

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 25 points (on 8-for-19 shooting), 10 rebounds and four assists. Isaiah Thomas added 23 points (on 4-for-12 shooting), five assists and three rebounds.

Sacramento improved to 17-32 with the win. Toronto dropped to 26-23 with the loss.

Video via YouTube user frank den

16 comments
bobinpowell
bobinpowell

This video should be titled, "Professional Sports:  If You Care, the Joke's on You."

rma101560
rma101560

No way was that an offensive foul.  The defender hit the shooter's arm.  It is obvious by the way the shooter is knocked sideways after he shoots.  Somebody better be checking the ref's gambling habits.

cbkentebe
cbkentebe

This was the worst officiated basketball game I have ever watched.

WOW!!

desizombi
desizombi

WOW!!! eff-ing Stern the dirtbag better come out and say this was the wrong call and robbed the raptors of 4 points

hostrauser
hostrauser

I'm a KINGS fans and I think that was a really questionable call. I agree with the author of the article: a no-call is warranted there. The defender was clear of Lowry until the legs swung out, but it certainly looked like a natural part of the shot and not intentional.

DBLETAP
DBLETAP

Wow.  Looks like someone needs some remedial training.

InvestigationNeeded!
InvestigationNeeded!

Adam Silver who was in attendance had better look into Eric Lewis' financial disposition ASAP rather than smile and smirk with Sacramento ownership.  Another clue here is the NBA season high team foul calls against Raps.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

The worst call ever made in all of sports.  Someone needs to check Stern's bank account and the refs (yeah, he's still got a hand in this).  Did the mafia have the ref's wife and kids hostage or something? This reminds me of game 6 OKC vs SA 2 years ago when the refs just decided to give the game to OKC.  They would have won it anyway the way they played but the refs gave them about 18 additional points.

BillyBaroo
BillyBaroo

Jezus I don't even follow basketball and that was brutal.  And what's with running back on defense getting the guy ejected?  Just love it when a ref decides any close game that folks paid to see.

malgus
malgus

robbed by the refs.   The spirit of Donaghy lives on in this one

tomy12
tomy12

@desizombi  it's silver running the show now.. and he was actually in attendance as well. let's see what he does

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@hostrauser  Watch the replay again, between 0:04 and 0:06 (keep pressing play and pause). McLemore JUMPED from the 3pt line, and towards Lowry and stuck his @$$ into Lowry. Lowry's feet barely went outside of a foot from where he jumped.


Yes, I'm a Raptors' fan. However, I hate when fouls are called on the defensive player when the offensive player clearly jumps forward to make contact. This however, is not the case.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

Watching the video some more, the defender was the one moving into Lowry's space.  It's not like those Kobe shots where he karate kicks the defender in the face while shooting.  Lowry was fading AWAY almost.  Wow.  Just WOW.