Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic made a controversial game-saving block on New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson Wednesday night with under five seconds left in the game, which preserved a 114-112 Denver win. The problem, though, is that a foul should have been called on Jokic on the play, and the NBA admitted as much on Thursday. On the L2M report for the game, the league acknowledged that Jokic made contact with Williamson's wrist on the play, and thus a foul should have been called.
If the foul was called as it should have been, Williamson would have gone to the foul line with an opportunity to tie the game and potentially force overtime. Instead, the Nuggets walked away with a win, and the Pelicans, who need every victory that they can get as they try to qualify for postseason play, took a loss.