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NBA announces 12 officials for The 2020 Finals

Official release

NEW YORK — The NBA today announced the list of 12 referees who will officiate the NBA Finals 2020 presented by YouTube TV. The championship series between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers tips off on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

“Congratulations to this outstanding group on a well-deserved honor. A Finals assignment is the pinnacle of the profession for our officials,” said Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations. “We are grateful for their dedication to the game and the sacrifices they have made during an unprecedented season.”

Finals officials were selected by the NBA Referee Operations management team based on their performance throughout the first three rounds of the 2020 playoffs. Officials were evaluated after each round to determine advancement in this year’s postseason.

The 12 referees assigned to The Finals are below:

Referees for 2020 NBA Finals
Referee Number of Finals
Tony Brothers 9th Finals
Pat Fraher 1st Finals
Tony Brown 1st Finals
John Goble 4th Finals
James Capers 9th Finals
David Guthrie 3rd Finals
Marc Davis 9th Finals
Eric Lewis 2nd Finals
Kane Fitzgerald 2nd Finals
Josh Tiven 1st FInals
Scott Foster 13th Finals
Zach Zarba 7th Finals

Three of the 12 have officiated at least 10 Finals games: Foster (19), Davis (12) and Capers (10). The officiating roster also includes three first-time Finals referees, Tony Brown, Pat Fraher and Josh Tiven.

NBA officials Courtney Kirkland and Kevin Scott have been assigned as Replay Center officials for The Finals 2020.

Individual game assignments for referees are posted at NBA.com/official at approximately 9 a.m. ET each game day.

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