SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – One play punctuated a thrilling comeback for the Utah Jazz.
However, it was a play that ultimately should not have counted.
Utah’s Donovan Mitchell scored a go-ahead layup with 19.5 seconds left. Portland’s Damian Lillard tried to answer with a layup on the other end, but Rudy Gobert blocked the shot with 11.2 seconds left.
The Jazz snapped a five-game losing streak and beat Trail Blazers 117-114 on Friday night.
The only problem? Gobert committed goaltending by blocking the shot off the glass. But, the referee crew made no call on the play.
“We get to the last play of the game and they miss a easy call,” Lillard said. “Then they tell us it's a easy no call, like that's obviously not a goaltend. It cost us the (expletive) game, man.”
NBA referee Josh Tiven confirmed to a pool reporter after the game that video review showed that a goaltending violation should have been called originally, but it was not a reviewable play because the crew did not call it on the floor.
That was little consolation for the Trail Blazers. Instead of tying the game, and potentially forcing overtime, Portland came away with a costly defeat amid a push to get back into the playoff picture.