"Bulls**t, now you wanna call it?" - Leaked LeBron James' audio shows referees catching heat from Lakers superstar over foul calls

Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three
LeBron James was frustrated with the foul calls in Game 3

The LA Lakers tried their best in Game 3 against the Denver Nuggets, but it was too much. LeBron James and Anthony Davis did everything they could to try and protect their home court last night. Still, the game ended in a 112-105 loss, putting their season in jeopardy.

The Lakers had their chance last night, but the momentum shifted in the Nuggets' favor after Game 2. Following Game 3, it was clear that LA was struggling to get a win in the series. James had 26 points, six rebounds and nine assists, while Davis had 33 points and 15 rebounds. Even with those numbers, it wasn't enough for them to win.

During the game, James was seen annoyed at the officials for calling certain fouls. In one instance, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic drove to the basket and drew a shooting foul on AD. Jokic's elbow caught Davis' chin, but it was still a foul on the Lakers' big man.

After the call was made, James had a few things to say to the referee.

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"That was a gather? That one right there was a gather after he foulded him at the free throw line?" James asked the official. "He fouled him at the f***ing free throw line.

James kept arguing with the officials about the foul they called on Davis. But the initial call stood and Jokic was granted two free throws. On the other end, the Lakers star drove to the basket and was fouled as he was in the paint. The officials called a foul on the defense, this time, the Nuggets. But the four-time MVP already seemed frustrated by the calls.

"Ah, bulls**t. Now you wanna call it? Come on!"

The Nuggets had more trips to the charity stripe in Game 3. Denver had 22 attempts while the Lakers had 17.

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LeBron James on the Lakers' approach while at the brink of elimination

The Nuggets are one game away from sweeping the Lakers in the first round. Many are anticipating what the LA team will try and do to prevent that from happening. For LeBron James, he's done his best on the court, but the supporting cast around him has been disappointing so far.

Last night, D'Angelo Russell wasn't effective as he didn't score a single point during the game. There have been frustrations about how the Lakers will approach the next game. But James shared that the team should focus on taking it one game at a time.

"It’s one game at a time at this point," LeBron said. "You lose and you go home, so you come out with the mindset of let’s get one, force a Game 5 and then we’ll go from there."

Game 4 of the Lakers-Nuggets series will be on Saturday, April 27. This will be a do-or-die game for the home team.

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