NBA: Referees made a good decision on last Warriors-Grizzlies possession

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Golden State Warriors

The historic Chicago Bulls team of Michael Jordan were the only team in NBA history to win 72 games in a regular season, achieving a 72-10 record during the 1995-96 season. Golden State Warriors are on a massive campaign to break and join that historic team, with one game to spare, a game with Memphis Grizzlies.

With one game remaining in the regular season, the game matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies could give the Warriors the opportunity to improve to an unprecedented 73-9 record.

The chase is on for the 73 wins, a record that would be the greatest in the history of the NBA, but it’s not an easy game for the Warriors, they need more heart and strength to get on that record.

It’s a sudden death match, Memphis’ Lance Stephenson drives to the basket with four seconds remaining in the game, misses, gets his own rebound, desperation shot, but no foul. The crowd went wild.

There were three players around him, contact on the legs and the body but still no foul. The game was over and the Warriors still have a chance to get the record for the most wins in the NBA league.

The game leaves the Grizzlies’ fans and the Warriors haters in total shock, raising the question. Where is the foul call? The final possession of the game was given to Memphis, Stephenson stepped in to create that shot.

According to NBA, the referees made the right decision and were correct in not calling a foul against Golden State on Memphis’ final ball possession, when a score by the Memphis Grizzlies could have ended the Warriors’ chase for an NBA record-breaking 73 victories.

Memphis forward Lance Stephenson missed twice in the closing seconds of the game as the Warriors held on for a 100-99 victory that made them 71-9 with two games remaining.

But some basketball analysts said that Stephenson may have been fouled on the second one when he launched a contested jumper from the corner that hit the side of the backboard.

Meanwhile, when the league makes a close review of the last 2 minutes of the game, they came out with this: both Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry maintained a legal guarding position on Stephenson’s initial drive and both players made contact with Stephenson when he regained the ball and shot his jumper.

The league also added that the Memphis forward Stephenson created the incidental contact with Thompson by kicking his leg out and that Curry made only incidental contact with Stephenson after the shot was taken.

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