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The Morning Dunk: Controversial Missed Call Infuriates Pistons In Loss

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Knicks Escape With Win, Pistons Enraged After Officials Miss Foul Call

Basketball referees miss foul calls all of the time. They're human. It happens. That's why the league has a Last Two Minute Report for accountability. 

Detroit Pistons head coach Monty Williams is likely on pins and needles awaiting the release of said report after his team fell 113-111 on the road against the New York Knicks on Monday night.

Ausar Thompson intercepted a pass from Donte DiVincenzo as the Pistons held a one-point lead during the dying seconds of the fourth quarter. The two then collided on the sideline as the ball got loose, with the Knicks then regaining possession leading to a Josh Hart bucket under the basket for the and-1 which sealed the Pistons' fate.

Williams was infuriated when speaking to reporters after his team fell to 8-49 SU on the season, calling the frantic ending to the game "the absolute worst call of the season."

Detroit, at the very least, covered the spread as the 10.5-point underdogs at Madison Square Garden, improving to 14-5 ATS across its last 19 games.

Raptors Earn Dinner With Third-Straight Win

Bon Appétit, Toronto Raptors.

Earlier in the season, first-year head coach Darko Rajakovic promised his players a dinner at his expense if they should ever win three consecutive games.

After Monday's 130-122 win over the Indiana Pacers, marking the first time all year Toronto has been on a three-game winning streak, the Raptors will be dining like kings on anything but pork and beans. 

Scottie Barnes became the first player in franchise history to record four triple-doubles in a single season, finishing with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists while also blocking five shots. 

Toronto is now a perfect 3-0 SU since the All-Star break and is 3.5 games back of the final play-in spot in the Eastern Conference.

No Butler, No Problem For Heat

Oddsmakers listed the Miami Heat as underdogs heading into Monday's clash with the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center, likely because Jimmy Butler was serving a suspension following a recent fracas involving the New Orleans Pelicans.

Without their six-time All-Star, along with Terry Rozier and Tyler Herro who sat out with knee injuries, the Heat received solid contributions from Bam Adebayo (28 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists) and rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. (26 points, five rebounds, and three steals) to weather the storm and beat the Kings 121-110. 

The victory was Miami's fourth in a row and sixth in its last seven games SU, preserving its spot as the sixth seed in the East and out of the play-in tournament.

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