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On a night he scored a career-high 54 points, Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook also picked up his 16th technical foul, which will enforce an automatic one-game suspension. "I ain't got no view on it," Westbrook said. "He called it and we'll move on from it." ESPN.com

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Controversial officiating has been a running theme of the NCAA tournament, and there were some suspect calls during Duke’s win over Wisconsin Monday night in Indianapolis. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan vented his frustration with officials on live television after the loss. In his interview outside the locker room just minutes after the final buzzer sounded, Ryan said that there was more contact in the national title game than any other game the Badgers played all year. “You just have to be able to handle all the hands and the checking. There was more body contact in this game than any game we’ve played all year, and I just feel sorry for my guys that all of a sudden a game was like that. I think they had a… they’re struggling with that a little bit. We missed some opportunities, they hit some tough shots, but you know — it’s just a shame that it had to be played that way.” For The Win

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Candace Buckner: #Pacers lose 110-100 and the final words Vogel has for officiating crew: "(Harden) had more free throws than our whole team." Then walks off Twitter @CandaceDBuckner

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Marco Belinelli said he thought Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless, having chirped at the Italian over the previous few trips in Wednesday’s game at BMO Harris Bradley Center, was about to do something. He just wasn’t expecting an intentional foul on a 3-point shot, a brutal miscue by Bayless — both for its execution and timing — that touched off a brief scrum near midcourt as the Spurs led by 10 early in the fourth quarter. “That was a really bad foul,” Belinelli said. “This was my first time that I get fouled like that. I know competition is part of the game, but that was really bad.” San Antonio Express-News

Technically speaking, the Clippers are among the biggest offenders in the NBA. Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan rank among the league leaders in technical fouls, which could have ramifications beyond sending the other team to the free-throw line. "At the end of the day they're human too," Austin Rivers said of referees, "so if it's a 50-50 call, do we get it? Probably not right now because they don't like us." Griffin intimated that he came out on the wrong end of a controversial charging call in the final minute of the Clippers' loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday, though the NBA reviewed the play and said the call was correct. Los Angeles Times

Griffin appeared to direct some harsh words at officials on his way off the court and his teammates continued to feel aggrieved a few days later. "When it comes down to a call, we're not getting it like you saw against Houston," Rivers said. "Those little calls like that … I mean, that's a terrible call." Doc Rivers acknowledged his team needed to restrain itself for reasons beyond player-referee relations. "Forget about the ref part," Rivers said, "I think it allows you to have better focus on your job and I think when you're spending your job on [complaining], there's a chance you're going to miss an ATO [after timeout play] or you're not going to execute properly, maybe not be in the right spot defensively because you lose your focus." Los Angeles Times

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