G.S. wins amid controversial calls, reviews
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The reviews are finished. Finally.
David Lee had 31 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 106-105 Thursday night. But that score came after three official reviews in the final four seconds of the game gave the Nuggets controversial chances to win.
“Do we like replay or not? I’m not sure,” TNT color commentator Steve Kerr said after the game. “Boy, that was some crazy stuff.”
With his team down three, Nuggets star Andre Iguodala was fouled while shooting a three-pointer. Well, maybe he was shooting. The referees called the shooting foul on Jarrett Jack, but Iguodala appeared to still be gathering the ball when the shot went up. That aspect is not reviewable, so the referees checked the replay to determine if Iguodala’s feet were behind the line (they were) and how much time should be left (3.4 seconds).
Iguodala made the first two free throws to make it 106-105. But he missed the third, and the ball caromed out of bounds. The referees determined, probably correctly, that Warriors rookie Draymond Green knocked it out. That gave Denver 2.1 seconds for an inbound play from the sideline.
Which gave way to the most controversial call of the night. Nuggets guard Andre Miller, ninth in NBA history in assists, lobbed a strange, soft pass across the court. He appeared to be targetting Danilo Gallinari, but it landed in between Ty Lawson and Warriors guard Stephen Curry before bounding out of bounds.
The referees initially ruled it out on Curry with 0.3 seconds remaining, but a review gave the Nuggets 0.5 seconds left, enough time for a true catch-and-shoot inbound play from the baseline. Television replays made it almost impossible to tell who the ball hit last, with some angles showing the ball hitting Curry, others Lawson.
“Tell you what, if the Nuggets score here, these officials need to run to their locker room quickly because there have been some really questionable calls that have gone against Golden State,” Kerr said.
And they almost had to.
Miller lobbed another cross-court pass, hitting Iguodala, who caught the ball in the air, came down … [For more on Warriors beat Nuggets amid controversial calls, reviews, click here.]