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Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said his team was “robbed” by the officials in a 105-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

Rivers was furious during and after the game when officials awarded the ball to the Thunder with 11.3 seconds left and the Clippers up 104-102 following an instant replay review in which it looked like the ball went out of bounds off Thunder guard Reggie Jackson’s right hand after Clippers forward Matt Barnes hit his left hand as he went up for a layup following a Chris Paul turnover.

“It was our ball,” Rivers said. “Everybody knows it was our ball. I think the bottom line is they thought it was a foul and they made up for it. Then, in my opinion, let’s take away replay. Let’s take away the replay system because that’s our ball, we win the game and we got robbed because of that call. It’s clear.

“Everyone in the arena saw it. That’s why everybody was shocked when they said Oklahoma City. That was our ball. Whether it was a foul or not and it was, but they didn’t call it.”

via Arash Markazi ESPN Los Angeles

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