The Mercury News Weekend

Raptors' VanVleet rips officiatin­g after loss


Fred VanVleet tried to take a double breath before addressing reporters. But the Toronto Raptors guard was unable to suppress his frustratio­n with referee Ben Taylor and his crew.

VanVleet was extremely critical of Taylor after the Raptors' 108-100 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night — not only for being called for a technical foul, but for the disparity in fouls and free throws.

“I don't mind it. I'll take the fine. I don't really care. I thought Ben Taylor was terrible tonight,” VanVleet said while using a profanity. “I think that most nights, you know out of the three, there's one or two that just (mess) the game up. It's been like that a couple of games in a row. Denver was tough, obviously.

“You come out tonight, competing pretty hard and I get a (lousy) tech that changes the whole dynamic of the game, changed the whole flow of the game.”

VanVleet was called for his eighth technical of the season with 7:02 remaining in the third quarter. VanVleet said the reason he picked up the technical was because he was imploring his team to play through what he thought were some questionab­le calls, albeit with more colorful language.

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PACERS 134, ROCKETS 125, OT >> Tyrese Haliburton had 28 points and a career-high 19 assists for Indiana in a win.

HORNETS 113, PISTONS 103 >> Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 27 points as Charlotte extended Detroit's losing streak to 10 games.

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