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Pacers rookie Chris Duarte got screwed by refs on bonkers game-tying shot vs. Lakers

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The Indiana Pacers went toe to toe with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night but eventually fell in overtime, 124-116. However, they evidently had a clear opportunity to win it in regulation.

Rookie Chris Duarte drained a ridiculous game-tying three with just seconds left in the fourth from the corner, with Avery Bradley absolutely hounding him as he released the ball and appeared to have fouled the Pacers guard on the arm:

Clear contact. That would’ve sent the former Oregon standout to the line and potentially gave the Pacers a 1-point lead. Even he thought that it was definitely a foul:

“I thought I was gonna get fouled because Avery Bradley, once I felt that contact on top of me, I threw it up,” Duarte said, via Scott Agnes. “I thought I was gonna get fouled but they don’t call fouls on rookies I guess.”

Thursday’s 2 Minute Report will be the last verdict when it comes out, but Duarte’s Pacers teammates saw the same:

“I saw him get fouled,” Aaron Holiday said. “So when he went to shoot it, I saw him get hit on the arm and said, ‘OK, cool he got fouled.’

While Duarte finished with 17 points, the Pacers went ice cold in OT, shooting just 2 for 11 and scoring a mere four points, which all came from Malcolm Brogdon. It was a game-changing call the referees will surely realize they messed up.