Lakers call upon the NBA following controversial removal of two points against Rockets
Frank Vogel was left deeply frustrated by the way in which officials tried to correct an earlier mistake by removing two Lakers points .
Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel called for the league to look into the decision to remove two points from his side's score in their win over the Houston Rockets.
Lakers manage to take the win home
After Sunday's controlled 95-85 victory at Staples Center, the Lakers were made to work harder for Tuesday's 119-117 win that moved them to 5-3 for the season.
LeBron James' second double-double of the season helped Los Angeles over the line, the four-time NBA MVP tallying 30 points and 10 assists despite continuing to struggle with an ankle issue.
Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook each put up 27 points to inspire recovery from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter.
A controversial end upset Lakers
There was controversy in the closing minutes when officials called Vogel and Rockets coach Stephen Silas for a long discussion before it was announced the Lakers were having two points removed.
The decision was made after officials said they had incorrectly given Kent Bazemore two free throws when the Rockets were called for their fifth foul of the quarter when it was in fact their fourth.
The Lakers' frustrations stemmed from the fact they effectively gave up a possession when the decision was made given the time that was allowed to pass.
Davis: "Once play resumes, you can't correct that"
"That's definitely something the league has got to look at," said Vogel. "I understand the mindset to get it right, but... it was their fourth foul and they gave us free throws. You're only supposed to get free throws on the fifth foul, so we shoot the free throws and play resumes, and a couple of possessions later they made a mistake, so they just take the points off the board.
"Once play resumes, you can't correct that. You can't correct it. The league's got to look at that because they can't give us that possession back. Like, if it was corrected at the time of the call, we get the ball on the side and it's our ball. Once that goes away, you just take the points away and don't give us the possession back, you can't correct that at that point.
"So, I'm very frustrated by that, the league has to look at that."
Davis claims error could have cost the win
Davis, who also tallied nine rebounds and three blocks, felt the call could have cost the Lakers the win.
"So, [the officials] took the two points away. But what me, Bron, and coach were explaining to the refs was we lost possession," he said.
"We didn't take the ball out or anything. We shot free throws – take the points away, and now we just lose the possession, which could have cost the game. In a sense, nothing you can do about it, stuff like that. But it was a good thing it didn't hurt us. Again, that's a [tough] situation."