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The Portland Path Blazers misplaced to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder Tuesday night time, however Portland is reportedly sad with how the sport ended. 

The Path Blazers are submitting a protest to problem the loss to OKC, in accordance with ESPN. 

Portland Path Blazers coach Chauncey Billups, center, disputes a double-dribble name towards guard Malcom Brogdon, proper, by official Brandon Schwab, left, within the closing minute of the Thunder recreation on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Oklahoma Metropolis. (AP Photograph/Nate Billings)

With lower than 20 seconds to play and Portland holding a one-point lead, Malcolm Brogdon was trapped by two OKC gamers close to half courtroom. Head coach Chauncey Billups tried to name a timeout, however was unable to get the eye of the referee earlier than he referred to as a double-dribble on Brogdon. 


Billups obtained two technical fouls and was ejected from the sport. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tied the sport 109-109 along with his technical free throw earlier than Jalen Williams gave the Thunder a two-point lead with 2.1 seconds left, flattening a midrange jumper for the win. 

Billups expressed frustration after the loss, saying the referees needs to be prepared for that scenario. 

Jalen Williams takes the game-winning shot

Thunder ahead Jalen Williams prepares to take the game-winning shot towards the Portland Path Blazers, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Oklahoma Metropolis. (AP Photograph/Nate Billings)


“We’ve bought timeouts,” Billups mentioned. “Referees normally are ready for that, you realize, that occasion, that scenario. I’m at half courtroom, making an attempt to name a timeout. It’s simply irritating. My guys performed too exhausting for that. It’s a irritating play.”

The Path Blazers have 48 hours to file the protest with the league workplace, in accordance with ESPN. The workforce additionally has 5 days to offer proof and the league has 5 days to decide. 


Based on the pool report, the referee was targeted on the play, which made it tough for him to listen to and see Billups trying to get the timeout. 

Chauncey Billups angry at a call

Portland Path Blazers coach Chauncey Billups is led off the courtroom after being ejected in the course of the closing minute of the Thunder recreation on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Oklahoma Metropolis. (AP Photograph/Nate Billings)

“The referee within the slot place was refereeing the double-team that was proper in entrance of him, which makes it tough for primary to listen to and quantity two to see a coach request a timeout behind him,” crew chief Invoice Kennedy mentioned. “He’s taught to referee the play till completion, which a double dribble occurs, and he accurately calls the double dribble after which pursuant (to that) the technical fouls come ahead.”

Portland dropped to 12-31 with the loss, whereas OKC improved to 30-13. 

The Related Press contributed to this report