The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the San Antonio Spurs in a close game, 98-97 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals series but not without a controversial ending that saw non-calls from the referees that would have changed the outcome of the game. The NBA is now admitting that there were incorrect calls in the last 13.5 seconds of the game although it will not change the result and the series is now tied at 1-1 with the teams going to OKC for Game 3.
In an official statement, the league listed “five incorrect non-calls” during the final seconds of Game 2 in its last two minutes report.
First was that Manu Ginobili shoud have been called for a “delay of game” for stepping on the sidelines when Dion Waiters was attempting an inbounds play. Second was that Waiters should have been called for an offensive foul for “crossing the out of bounds plane” and hitting Ginobili with an elbow to make space for the pass.
The NBA report also “determined that the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills grabbed and held Thunder players, affecting their movement and ability to get open to catch the inbound pass” in the succeeding plays and then that Serge Ibaka should have been called for foul for grabbing LaMarcus Aldridge’s jersey as the time expired and he attempted for an offensive putback.
Watch the controversial ending of the Thunder vs. Spurs Game 2 below:
Video Courtesy: YouTube/Ximo Pierto Final
The NBA’s admission won’t change anything in the best-of-seven series with the OKC Thunder now stealing homecourt advantage from the Spurs in this West semifinals in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.