Watch: NBA admits five calls missed in controversial finish

Steven Adams had a big performance in game two of his Oklahoma City Thunder's playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs. Photo / Getty
Steven Adams had a big performance in game two of his Oklahoma City Thunder's playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs. Photo / Getty

Kiwi Steven Adams played a major role in the most talked about play of this year's NBA playoffs.

The NBA has admitted that there was five missed calls in the game-ending play in the Oklahoma City Thunder's game two win over the San Antonio Spurs yesterday.

The Spurs had a chance to steal victory in a frantic final 13 seconds of play. The Thunder held onto a 98-97 win.

The final play was full of controversy and has since been well documented.


To begin the play, Thunder guard Dion Waiters appears to elbow San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili before jumping up to throw the inbound pass. Waiters and Ginobili broke several rules here. Apart from Waiters' foul, he also illegally jumped on the inbound pass, while Ginobili frequently stepped out of play which is not allowed.


Waiters' errant pass ended up stolen by the Spurs, and the Thunder had only Steven Adams back to defend a potential go-ahead basket. When the Spurs took their shot, Adams was held back by a fan in the crowd, which went uncalled.

Adams' teammate Serge Ibaka was seen holding back the Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge, which also went uncalled.


Watch the entire wild sequence below:


The Thunder will now play games three and four of the best-of-seven series at home, with game three set to take place on Thursday (NZ time).

Almost missed in all the controversy was a solid game by Adams, playing a crucial role in his team's bounce-back victory.

The centre recorded yet another playoff double-double, pulling down 17 rebounds and scoring 12 points, converting five of his six shot attempts.

He outperformed his opposite, NBA legend Tim Duncan who finished with just two points.

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- NZ Herald

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