Originally Posted by The Big Three
One justification argument that I heard was that had they fouled, L.A. would've gotten the ball back, gotten fouled themselves, and then possibly miss their throws and Dallas has a chance to hit a game winner.
There wasn't enough time. Dallas was out of timeouts. Even if they had made their free throws and fouled immediately, they would have had about 2, 3 seconds to inbound and go all the way down the court.