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Did the Timberwolves have any bad breaks at the end of Game 4 against Mavericks?

The Timberwolves defeated the Dallas Mavericks 105-100 in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night in Dallas, but the final two minutes of the game were not without controversy as the Timberwolves appeared to be whistled for a pair of questionable calls late .

One of those questionable calls came when Karl-Anthony Towns was fouled with 1 minute, 38 seconds left after being whistled for a foul on a three-point attempt by Luka Doncic, who made all three free throws to close the deficit. Mavericks back to 100. -95.

During the play, Doncic leaned into Towns to draw the foul, which typically results in a no call due to a rule change ahead of the 2021-2022 season. Attacking players are no longer allowed to make contact to commit shooting fouls; if contact is marginal, this should result in no call instead.

But the NBA’s final two-minute report determined that the officials made the right call, explaining that “Doncic pulls Towns into the air toward him and contact occurs while making a shooting motion.” Essentially, it was a correct call due to Towns’ raid.

Although that call was deemed correct, the final two-minute report showed that Doncic’s 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds left, in which he was fouled by Anthony Edwards, should not have counted because: “Edwards fouls Doncic before collecting the ball. , reaching over Doncic’s arm as he tries to gather himself.”

Instead of a made 3 that cut the Mavs’ deficit to 103-100 and a subsequent free throw – which Doncic missed – Doncic should have shot a pair of free throws as the Mavericks were in the bonus. Even if Doncic had made both, it would have remained a two-possession game.

In the end, controversial calls didn’t matter as Naz Reid made a layup with 11 seconds left as the Timberwolves held on for the win to avoid elimination and force a Game 5 back in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Tipoff at Target Center is set for 7:30 p.m

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