LeBron James feels that the referees missed not one, but two fouls committed by Kevin Durant on him in the final minute of the Cleveland Cavaliers-Golden State Warriors game on Christmas.
James’ Cavs were down 95-92 with under 30 seconds left when he drove to the basket. Durant was guarding him and appeared to foul him while trying to stop James, who lost the ball out of bounds. The ball was initially awarded to the Cavs, but then it was given to the Warriors upon review.
Replay clearly showed that the officials missed a foul call on Durant, but since they were only reviewing who touched the ball last, Golden State received possession. That took the ball away from Cavs and essentially robbed them of a chance to tie the game.
“He fouled me twice,” James said of the play after the game. “But, whatever. What are you going to do about it?”
Unsurprisingly, Durant felt differently after the game. He thought his play on James was clean.
Not only did Golden State catch a break on that possession, but no foul was called on the previous possession in which James also lost the ball while defended by Durant.