NBA Admits to Screwing Up Final Play of Cavaliers–Warriors on Christmas

Bryan Brandom
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In the NBA's Last Two Minute Report of the much-anticipated Christmas rematch of the 2016 NBA Finals, the league admitted that officials missed a crucial foul on the final play that saw Kevin Durant unable to get up a clean shot after being tripped up by Richard Jefferson, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-108 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

“Jefferson (CLE) makes foot to foot contact with Durant (GSW) that affects his SQBR (speed, quickness, balance, rhythm),” the report reads.

And while that notion may be of some comfort to Dubs fans, it's not to Durant and head coach Steve Kerr.

"The refs didn't lose us that game. We lost that game, we could have been better," Durant said on Tuesday. "I think it's bulls— that the NBA threw the refs under the bus like that."

Durant is one of many players, including Dwyane Wade, who wants to do away with the Last Two Minute Report.

"I think it's bulls— and they should get rid of it," Durant said.

"Just move on," he continued. "Don't throw the refs under the bus like that. Because the next game, that group of refs or whoever it is, are going to come out and they're going to ref the game. They're going to be tense when they're reffing the game and they're going to try to get every play right. They're going to try to be perfect, without just going out and relaxing and making the right call."

The Warriors led by as much as 14 in the fourth quarter. The comeback was capped off by a Kyrie Irving turnaround jumper that put the Cavs up by one with three seconds left.

Kerr agreed with Durant's position that officials aren't to blame for the defeat.

"The officials didn't decide that game," the head coach said. "We had a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. It was our mistakes that I'm more concerned about."

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