Lakers’ Patrick Beverley gets tech to show no camera call
Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley can be credited with the most creative (and ill-advised) technical foul of the season in Boston’s 125-121 overtime win on Saturday.
Before the start of overtime and after the referees failed to call a foul on Jayson Tatum when it was clear he had hit LeBron James’ arm on a potentially game-winning shot, Beverley grabbed a camera, stood is directed to referee Eric Lewis and tries to show him James. was clogged.
Lewis ignored Beverley’s attempt to provide proof of foul and called her a technical foul. As Beverley walked back to the Lakers bench, he held the camera aloft while pointing it and looking at Lewis.
“I mean, just ridiculous,” said ABC’s Mike Breen. “And Eric Lewis, fittingly, is him.”
James was quite animated after the no-call – jumping up and down and pleading for a call, then spent a few seconds kneeling on the pitch in frustration. Boston’s Tatum made the technically foul free throw to start overtime, helping the Celtics put the Lakers in OT.
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Lakers first-year coach Darvin Ham wasn’t happy afterwards, telling reporters, “Even if you try not to put him on the referee, it gets harder and harder,” and added “The best player on earth can’t take a call… It’s amazing.”
Big man Anthony Davis said the Lakers “got screwed tonight.”
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James finished with 41 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and is just 116 points from tying Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. The Lakers play in Brooklyn on Monday and New York on Tuesday.