Alvin Gentry was not pleased at all on Monday night after a no-call from the referees as time expired led to his New Orleans Pelicans sustaining a 128-126 loss to the Utah Jazz in regulation.

In the final seconds of the game, New Orleans forward Brandon Ingram snagged a rebound from an attempted 3-pointer from Bojan Bogdanovic and three Pelicans immediately called for a timeout: Gentry and guards Lonzo Ball and JJ Reddick. The officials did not grant a timeout and Ingram raced down the court to face Jazz center Rudy Gobert. 

Gobert — the two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year — jumped up and his left arm touched Ingram’s right arm. A foul call would have forced overtime, but instead, the referees signaled that the contest was over after they reviewed the clock due to a potential malfunction. The officials — who reportedly claimed they weren’t allowed to retroactively call a foul per NBA rules — were heavily booed by Pelicans fans at Smoothie King Center, and Gentry expressed in no uncertain terms after the game how upset he was with the no-call.

“All we did was exactly what we were supposed to do — took the ball, drove it hard at the basket — and then they determined it wasn’t a foul,” Gentry said, per ESPN. “End of game.”

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Ingram told reporters after the game that he didn’t believe Gobert’s contact made any difference on the final outcome.

“I don’t really think it matters what I saw,” Ingram said. “The referee seen something different.”

New Orleans faced a similar situation last month in a 108-101 overtime loss against the Brooklyn Nets. The Pelicans might have won that game in regulation after Brooklyn committed a shot-clock violation with less than 3 seconds left that the officials didn’t penalize.

The Pelicans (12-25), who are second-to-last in the Western Conference, next host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

 

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