NBA acknowledges blown call in Heat loss to Warriors

NBA acknowledges blown call in Heat loss to Warriors
By Reuters

12/02/2019 at 11:23Updated 12/02/2019 at 11:25

The Miami Heat wanted a double-dribble call on Golden State's Kevin Durant in the last seconds of a tie game Sunday night in an eventual loss to the Warriors in Oakland, Calif.

On Monday, the NBA agreed.

"Combining video evidence from multiple angles confirms that the ball does not
make contact with (Justise Winslow's) foot/shin and a discontinued dribble
should have been called on Durant," according to a Last Two Minute Report
issued by the league.

Without the violation, Durant resumed his dribble, and while he missed a
3-point attempt, teammate DeMarcus Cousins was fouled after grabbing the
offensive rebound. Cousins made both free throws with 5.4 seconds left to
break a 118-118 tie, and Miami missed a 3-point shot and a tip-in try in the
last three seconds of a 120-118 loss.

Not surprisingly, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was critical of the call after the
game.

"Those are tough calls to make, but everybody saw it. It's right there in
front of everybody," Spoelstra said. "That should be a violation, and you
can't miss those calls. But we had our chances, it was back and forth."

Spoelstra said on Monday before the Heat took on the Denver Nuggets that his
comments were about "accountability all across" the league, including the
officials, whose role he called "the worst job in the league."

The South Florida Sun Sentinel cited an unnamed source on Monday as saying the
league was not going to fine Spoelstra for his postgame remarks, although the
comments included a reference to Golden State taking 26 free throws to eight
for Miami.

"I didn't say anything inflammatory," Spoelstra said Monday. "I'm allowed to
say my piece about that. I didn't cross the line, so I didn't anticipate that
I would be fined."

On Sunday, Spoelstra had also said, "Look, NBA, do not fine me. I'm allowed to
say this. It ends up being 26 to 8. I know nobody wants to hear that, and
that's not why we lost. ... But you hate to see 26 to 8 when our guys are
going aggressively."

--Field Level Media

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