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It was a four-’BALL DON’T LIE!’ Friday night in the NBA (Videos)

Dan Devine
Ball Don't Lie

Sometimes, all the stars and the planets and the celestial rhythms line up just right, and something fun happens. Take Friday night, for example — four distinct moments of perceived NBA injustice, four separate reactions to the slights, and one harmonic convergence of Good Basketball Internet Stuff.

To wit:

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Al Harrington didn't think he fouled Brook Lopez on this play in the Washington Wizards' overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets:

Isaiah Thomas didn't think he fouled Robin Lopez contesting this alley-oop in the Sacramento Kings' road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers:

(As an aside: That was pretty awesome, Isaiah.)

Jason Maxiell didn't think he fouled Jared Sullinger in this bit of wrasslin' during the Orlando Magic's home loss to the Boston Celtics:

And Kendrick Perkins didn't think he fouled Greg Monroe in this fight for rebounding position during the Oklahoma City Thunder's 119-110 dispatching of the Detroit Pistons:

(As an aside: You're out of your mind, Perk.)

Luckily, while the arc of the basketball universe is long, it bends toward justice. Said arc is laid plain through missed free throws, and identified with a single, powerful expression:

Long may that expression run.

Hey, Rasheed Wallace, how happy are you about four different players in four different games invoking your trademark turn of phrase?

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So happy. (Allen Einstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

Just as I suspected: He's thrilled.

Hey, do me a favor: Next time you hear someone let loose a hearty BDL during an NBA game, drop me a line about it, huh? Email, Twitter, Facebook, whatever. I'd hate to miss out on the next 'Sheed singularity. Thanks, friends.

Hat-tips to @BenAgent0, @a_jukic, @thomas_rogan and @Shamusss.

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