Top 10 Worst Officiated Games In NBA History

A single terrible call or a sequence of terrible calls would have changed who won the Finals, who would have went to the finals etc.

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1Lakers vs Kings 2002 Western Conference Finals Game 6

This game proved to me that certain teams are not allowed to win the Championship and it has completely soured me to the NBA! I used to be a huge fan and I would watch every game I could, with, evidently, false hope that my team could actually win it all. This game proved that the NBA is rigged and it totally turned me off to watching or caring about it. I do think it is a CRIME to allow fans to pay outrageous prices for tickets when, in fact, their team will not be allowed to win! Just knock me over and grab my purse in a dark is no different! Legal theft and false hope!

I gave up my season tickets and have not watched the NBA since. The sport is as relevant as professional wrestling.

There are, honestly, too many bad calls to fit in this comment box. - Bronson

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2Heat vs Mavericks 2006 NBA Finals Game 5

Dwyane Wade shot 97 free throws in the first six games of the finals. In game 5 he shot 25 tying the whole Dallas team. Was the NBA trying to "create" a star? - Bronson

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3Pistons vs Lakers 1988 NBA Finals Game 7

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar missed a skyhook in the final moments of the game. However, Bill Laimbeer fouled him. How can you foul a skyhook? - Bronson

4Bulls vs Jazz 1998 NBA Finals Game 6

People usually mention the "push off". I'm one of the best jazz fans ever and it definitely was, but what people don't look at is the calls leading up to that. Anyway, these days the Jazz are still the most un-cared about team in the league and get so many missed calls. I should also mention the Suns, nuggets and magic. Who really never get calls

Yeah he pushed Russell that should have been a offensive foul - 2storm

Michael Jordan made the winning basket, but in order to do that, he had to push Bryon Russell out of the way. - Bronson

5Lakers vs Trail Blazers 2000 Western Conference Finals Game 7

The Lakers had a 37-16 free throw advantage in that game. (That isn't so bad) What was bad was the fact that Scottie Pippen and Arvydas Sabonis fouled out. They were guarding Shaq and Kobe. Besides Pippen averages 2 fouls a game. - Bronson

6Heat vs Knicks 2012 Eastern Conference First Round Game 1

The Heat probably would have won anyways but it is true that this game had terrible officiating. However, the Heat still won by 33 points, which shows that even if the officiating in the game was fair, the Heat were still the better team.

In the first half the Heat had a 28-5 free throw advantage. That was about the number of times that LeBron James flopped in that half... - Bronson

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7Celtics vs Lakers 2010 NBA Finals Game 7

Kobe Bryant went to the free throw line 15 times. (the Celtics team went to the free throw line 17 times in all). Kobe was 6 for 24 on the court, and he got the MVP?!?! - Bronson

8Celtics vs Lakers 2008 NBA Finals Game 2

The Lakers shot 10 free throws, while the Celtics shot 38. Doesn't that seem a little one-sided? - Bronson

9Pacers vs Knicks 1999 Eastern Conference Finals Game 3

There was no way Larry Johnson of the New York Knicks was fouled when he made the three. He scored the free throw to win. - Bronson

10Suns vs Spurs Game 4 2007 WCSF

Suns always get ripped off anyways

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11Cavaliers vs. Warriors Game 7 2016 NBA Finals

This is stupid. The officiating in game 7 was fine. The officiating in game 6 was a little bad, but, while Stephen Curry fouled out, the Warriors got away with a lot of fouls on the Cavs as well. Also, Curry fouled out because of his horrible decision making. Draymond should've been suspended. He punched Lebron in the nuts and also flopped to make it look like Lebron shoved him.

I don't know if this game was rigged or not. I think that suspending Draymond Green was rigged. - Bronson

12Bulls vs Knicks 1993 Eastern Conference Finals Game 5

Charles Smith of the New York Knicks was blocked four times in the last minute... or was he fouled four times. - Bronson

13Pacers vs. Knicks 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 1

Miller fouled on that inbounds play - 2storm

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