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Dec. 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The NBA says an official missed a foul on a last-second shot by Kevin Love Monday that could have changed the outcome of the game, a Dallas win over Minnesota.

"Through post-game video review, we have determined that Minnesota's Kevin Love was fouled on the right arm by Dallas' Shawn Marion while attempting a two-point field goal," Rod Thorn, the league's president for basketball operations, said in a statement Tuesday. "Love should have been awarded two free throws with 1 second left on the clock."

With the missed call, the Mavericks walked off the the Target Center court in Minneapolis with a 100-98 win over the Timberwolves.

Minnesota Coach Rick Adelman stated flatly after the game that Love was fouled and expressed frustration it wasn't called, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported.

"I wonder what that would have been if [Dallas star Dirk] Nowitzki, LeBron James, all the top players in the league ... . A guy reaches on a last-second shot like that instead of challenging it. Maybe they don't understand Kevin is one of the top five players in this league," Adelman said.

Love had also said he was fouled, the newspaper said.

"I'm the type of person that if you see a foul -- an obvious foul -- you call it," Love said. "I thought that was pretty, pretty obvious. Just look at the replay: Without saying too much, you look at the replay and it was obvious he got arm. I didn't know how to react. I couldn't, I wasn't going to yell at him. That wasn't going to do anything.

"I just walked off the court, just tried to keep my head up."

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