N.B.A. Says Referees Missed Key Foul at End of Knicks’ Loss


The N.B.A. fined the Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe, left, for stepping onto the court late in Thursday’s game against the Knicks.

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The N.B.A. fined the Washington Wizards and the assistant coach Sidney Lowe on Friday after Lowe stepped onto the court during the final play of the Knicks’ 113-110 loss to Washington on Thursday.

The league also released its Last Two Minute report on Friday, which assesses critical late plays of any game that is within 5 points in the final two minutes. It ruled that Lowe should have been called for a technical foul for stepping onto the court during the Knicks’ final possession. The league described Lowe as standing “close” to Knicks guard Courtney Lee “for several seconds.”

The league fined the Wizards $15,000 and Lowe $5,000.

With 8.9 seconds remaining in Thursday’s game, Lowe stepped onto the court at Madison Square Garden with both feet. He settled for an instant near the 3-point line in the corner, right next to Lee, and raised his right arm. He did not step off the court until…

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