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Lakers' Jackson implies refs influenced by Cuban

ESPN.com news services

Lakers coach Phil Jackson was in a foul mood after his team was called for four technical fouls and two flagrant fouls in a 102-87 loss at Dallas on Tuesday night.

And he implied that the referee's whistles might have indirectly been influenced by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

"It was a poorly refereed game," Jackson said. "I know there's a lot of pressure on the refs when they come here because Mark [Cuban] has them review the tapes and send them into the league. These guys are nervous Nellies when they come in to referee in this building. But they have to do a better job than they're doing. That's not acceptable."

Verbal volleys between Jackson and Cuban are nothing new. The Lakers coach and Mavericks owner have a long history of tweaking each other, whether it's Cuban criticizing how the Lakers put together their roster or Jackson knocking Dallas' style of play.

Kobe Bryant, who scored 24 points -- his lowest output since scoring 21 against Orlando on Dec. 23 -- also had a bad night with the referees.

Even when a foul was called on DeSagana Diop guarding him, Bryant got a technical for something he said to the official.

Pressed about the officiating after the game, Bryant was careful with his words, saying "Easy on my piggy bank."

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