TORONTO – The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors played a lively, entertaining game Saturday night, one that featured Golden State scoring 81 points in the first half and Toronto nearly erasing a 27-point deficit before falling agonizingly short against the defending champions.
That, however, was not the focus of the conversation here afterward.
Instead, it was on the officiating — specifically on a pair of calls in the final minute that both went against the home team.
“It’s frustrating being out there feeling like you’re playing five-on-eight,” Raptors star DeMar DeRozan said after Toronto’s 127-125 loss, a comment that’s sure to garner attention from the league office.
“It’s just what it feels like, period. Some of them calls were terrible, period.”
DeRozan was personally involved in one of the controversial plays, as a ball that was initially called out of bounds off of Warriors star Stephen Curry with one second remaining was instead called off of DeRozan with three seconds remaining following what could be described as a rugby scrum after a crucial jump ball.