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NBA says refs missed foul call on Knicks' last possession vs. Kings

The NBA said that referees missed a foul call on the New York Knicks' final possession against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday that might have impacted the outcome of the game.

The league said Sacramento's Rajon Rondo should have been whistled for a foul for grabbing Carmelo Anthony's shooting arm and affecting his rhythm, speed, balance and quickness on the Knicks' final possession in their loss to the Kings. Anthony received the ball with 4.6 seconds left to play and the Knicks down two. He was defended by Rondo while dribbling upcourt and on his final shot attempt.

The NBA ruled that Rondo grabbed Anthony's arm before the start of his shooting motion. Had the refs called a foul on Rondo, Anthony would have taken two free throws because the Kings were in the penalty.

Anthony told reporters after the game that he felt he was fouled on the play. He missed his shot, a 28-foot 3-point attempt, and the Knicks fell to the Kings 99-97.

Coincidentally, Anthony said earlier in the week that he's been frustrated by a lack of calls from referees this season.

The loss was New York's seventh in nine games. The Knicks (10-14) will face the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.