Report: Cavs ‘Furious’ About Officiating Following Triple-Overtime Loss

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The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t had much go their way this season, and that frustration continued in their final game before the All-Star break on Wednesday night.

After a triple-overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets, a number of Cavs players were upset about the disparity when it came to fouls called between the two teams.

For the game, a total of 37 fouls were called on Cavs players, with starters Ante Zizic and David Nwaba, along with reserves Larry Nance Jr. and Marquese Chriss, fouling out of the tight clash.

In comparison, the Nets were whistled just 23 times during the 63 minutes of action, with Nets starter D’Angelo Russell being the lone player to collect five fouls on the team.

At the foul line, the Nets made 77 percent (26-34) of their attempts, while the Cavaliers connected on 72 percent (13-of-18) of their tries. The 13-point difference on the charity stripe ultimately kept the Cavs from their second straight victory and some momentum entering the break.

The Cavs did have three shots to break a tie game in the final minute of regulation, but failed to end the game before heading into the first of three overtime periods.

In the first extra session, neither team was able to score in the first two minutes and it took a Collin Sexton layup with 2.8 seconds left to send it into a second overtime.

Those five minutes came down to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the Nets’ DeMarre Carroll to send the game into a third overtime. There, Russell’s nine unanswered points helped Brooklyn pull away for the victory.

The 12-46 Cavaliers will now attempt to regroup for the final 24 games of the season.

When play resumes, their first game will be next on Thursday, Feb. 21, when they host the Phoenix Suns.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.