The NBA acknowledged that the referees missed the San Antonio Spurs having six players on the floor in the final seconds during Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.
The Mavericks led 113-111 with 1.3 seconds left in Dallas when the Spurs, with no timeouts, inbounded the ball underneath the basket. On the floor were five Spurs players -- Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan -- in addition to inbounder Boris Diaw.
Diaw's length-of-the-court pass was knocked out of bounds with 0.4 of a second left. The Spurs retained possession but could not get off a final shot.
According to league rules, "If the ball is put into play and remains in play with one team having six or more players on the court, a non-unsportsmanlike technical foul will be assessed on the team with too many players."
"Some guy just didn't walk off the court, that's all," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.