After a game that just ended in frustration, Lakers coach Byron Scott could not help but offer a hearty chuckle.
The box score will show that the Lakers suffered a 92-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday at Staples Center after Dirk Nowitzki made a 14-foot pull-up jumper with 2.2 seconds left. It will reveal Julius Randle missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. It will indicate that the Lakers missed eight of their last nine shots.
But Scott remained upset that Lakers guard Lou Williams was called for an offensive foul on Dallas guard J.J. Barea after making a floater that would have given the Lakers a 92-90 lead wit 13 seconds left.
“I knew that Lou Williams’ play should’ve been an and-1, if anything,” Scott said. “Or a no-call at all.”
Williams advised to the media to “watch the replay and make your own conclusions.” Although the replay shows Williams pushing off on Barea’s arm, the tape also reveals that Barea locked his arm onto Williams. That prompted Williams to push away from him. Barea then stepped back a few steps. Williams admitted he thought it was “a bad call.”
“You have to tip your hat to J.J.,” Williams said. “That’s the way he plays. He flops eight or nine times in a game, and the referees know that. He has a reputation. He’s able to draw those fouls in those situations, where it’s win or lose.”
That explains why Williams argued “we should’ve won the game.” Instead, that left the Lakers expressing frustration without drawing the wrath from the NBA league office.
“I don’t have anything sensible or nice to say about the play,” Williams said. “I’d rather leave it alone.”
Scott felt the same way.
“I don’t feel like getting fined tonight I guess. So I’ll just leave the referees alone,” Scott said. “I thought we played hard and our intensity level was great. Our attention to detail, for the most part, was good. It’s a shame you lose a game like that when we played as hard as we did. But it happens.”