DeMarcus Cousins was called for a foul with 14.8 seconds to go against the Bulls with the game tied.
The play unfolded with Dwyane Wade running out on a fast break with Cousins trailing. While it doesn’t look like Cousins touched him, Wade missed the dunk and it’s likely the referee assumed there was contact.
Wade made 1-of-2 free throws which ultimately put the Bulls ahead for good.
The referee was in the correct position to make this call, so it does appear that Cousins was called for contact he did not make. Needless to say, Cousins was not happy.
Cousins made a mess on his way back to the visitors’ locker room in Chicago, turning over trash cans in the hallway. He was rightfully angry over the situation:
Boogie was not happy about that call. pic.twitter.com/9jagzuwAxw
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) January 22, 2017
After the game, Cousins thanked the officiating crew for the hard work … I think:
On the phantom foul call on the Wade dunk…Cousins says the refs made "the absolute right call" and gave the refs a round of applause pic.twitter.com/Ngghf3k3ua
— Terrence Tomlin (@TomlinDoesIt) January 22, 2017