LeBron James, the forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, did not enjoy a stress-free birthday on Saturday as his team suffered a 108-106 loss to the Timberwolves.
The 39-year-old was visibly upset with the officials on the sidelines at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, following a contentious call that favored the home team.
In the closing moments of the game, James made what he believed was a game-tying three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left. However, the officials ruled it a two-pointer by a matter of centimeters, a decision that left James frustrated.
Despite a review of the call, the referees concluded that there was insufficient clear and conclusive evidence to overturn their initial decision.
This incident evoked memories of a similar controversial referee moment from the previous season that had also left James angered.
After Anthony Edwards made one of two free throws, giving James another opportunity to tie the game and force overtime, he was unable to get a shot off with 1.4 seconds remaining.
James put up impressive individual numbers, scoring 26 points, grabbing 3 rebounds, dishing out 6 assists, and recording 3 steals on 10/21 shooting from the field. However, with just one three-pointer, he undoubtedly wished he had secured the additional point needed for a different outcome.