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NBA confirms key illegal screen call on Pacers’ Myles Turner

NEW YORK – Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner was correctly called for an illegal screen in the final seconds of the New York Knicks’ controversial 121-117 win in Game 1, according to the NBA’s Last 2 Minute Report released Tuesday night.

With about 15 seconds left, and Indiana down 118-117, Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton dribbled across the floor as Turner set a high screen on New York’s Donte DiVincenzo, sending him to the ground. Turner was immediately called for an offensive foul, prompting the Pacers to challenge the call.

The Pacers were unsuccessful with the challenge shortly afterward, and the league’s report Tuesday stood by that statement.

Still, there were a total of four missed calls in the final two minutes, according to the league’s report: Turner should have been whistled for a separate illegal screen on DiVincenzo in the backcourt with about 10 seconds left; there was a foul on Aaron Nesmith with 53 seconds left; and before that, officials missed a three-second defensive foul on Turner with 1:19 left.

After the Game 1 defeat, Turner said, “In my experience in this league, I think it’s best if the players decide the outcome of the game,” while adding that he was looking forward to the release of the Two Minute Report.

After the call on Turner, the Knicks scored three free throws on the ensuing possession to close out the game. Moments earlier, DiVincenzo put the Knicks ahead, 118-115, with a 28-foot triple that followed the critical kicked ball violation called against Nesmith — one that likely would have resulted in an Indiana fast break if it hadn’t . for the erroneous call.

Crew chief Zach Zarba acknowledged after the game that the kicked ball should not have been whistled. “A postgame review showed that the defender’s hand was hit, which would be legal,” he told pool reporter Fred Katz of The Athletic.

The Knicks and Pacers are set to play Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

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