Phil Jackson: The Refs Turned on Us
"Tonight they wouldn't let Ron play the way he played prior to [the technical foul call]," Jackson said. "[Ginobili] could hook Ron; [Artest] didn't get what was going on and ended up getting too many fouls on him."
All the calls were made by 25-year NBA veteran referee Bennett Salvatore.
San Antonio was leading 40-37 at the time of the double-technical call and finished the half on an 8-0 run.
"The way we ended up the half I think turned the referees against us and when you do that, that's an unfortunate thing," Jackson said. "Ron didn't back off and didn't read that official well enough to know, you got to back off, you got to lighten the load, he's not going to take any more of that. Ginobili forced the issue and got the calls."