Bryant scoffed at the notion that he fouled Rubio.
"That's not a foul," he said. "You don't call that (stuff)."
The play has renewed the theory in some corners that superstar players are treated differently by the officials. The league and referees have long disputed this notion, which Wolves forward Chase Budinger was asked about after the game.
"When you're playing against the Lakers, it's always going to be tough," Budinger said when asked about star treatment. "When you're playing against Kobe and Dwight and big superstars like that, you're going to have your hands full with them."
The Wolves were also seething about a technical foul given to J.J. Barea earlier in the fourth quarter and several calls earlier in the game.
"It was tough all night long," Adelman said. "Really tough."
Earlier this month, Barea was ejected from a game for a Flagrant 2 foul against Miami Heat guard Ray Allen. The NBA later downgraded the foul to a Flagrant 1, saying Barea should not have been ejected.
"We've been through it all year, dealing with stuff like that," Barea said. "It didn't go our way. We've just got to learn from it and keep fighting for the next one."
The Lakers are no stranger to apologies from the NBA themselves. On March 14, the league said that referees should have called a foul on Atlanta's Dahntay Jones because he "did not give (Bryant) the opportunity to land cleanly back on the floor." Bryant suffered a badly sprained left ankle on the play, an injury he continues to play through to help the Lakers chase a playoff berth.
Bryant, for one, didn't see what all the fuss was about this time.
If a foul was called, "we'd have went into overtime and won the game," he said. "Simple as that."
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