NBA: Foul should have been called on Saturday’s final play

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams argues with an official looking for a foul call in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 110-107. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams argues with an official looking for a foul call in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 110-107. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Rod Thorn, the NBA’s vice president of basketball operations, said Sunday that a foul should have been called on Dallas’ Monta Ellis at the end of the Mavericks’ 110-107 victory against the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night.

After Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon sank two free throws with 9 seconds left to make it 110-107, the Pelicans’ Austin Rivers got the inbounds pass from Anthony Davis and pushed the ball upcourt.

Rivers attempted a 3-pointer that, if he made it, would have tied the score. But Ellis appeared to grab Rivers’ arm as he was taking the shot. If the foul had been called, Rivers would have gotten three free throws and a chance to tie the game.

In his postgame comments, Pelicans coach Monty Williams said he was “embarrassed for the NBA” for the foul not being called and he hoped the league would review the play.

“It’s hard to swallow that kind of no-call in a game like that,” he said.

It was the second time in two weeks the NBA acknowledged a missed call near the end of a close game won by the Mavericks.