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LeBron James not called for foul on Kevin Durant floater at end of Game 2 (Video)

The Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-96 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night to even their Best of 7 series at 1. Although the free throw attempts for both teams were nearly even — 26 for OKC, 25 for Miami — it seemed like every close call went against the Thunder. Kevin Durant was whistled for his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter (and Scott Brooks wisely let him continue playing), James Harden got called for an offensive foul late, and Derek Fisher got whistled on a loose ball when nothing should have been called. But the most controversial call was the referees’ decision not to give LeBron James a foul for his contact with Kevin Durant in the final 11 seconds of the game.

LeBron appeared to make contact with Durant and didn’t get called for the foul when he easily could have been. Durant still had a clean look at the basket and missed, and then LeBron was fouled and sent to the line.

As much as the referees seemed to be in the Heat’s favor during Game 2, what shouldn’t be overlooked is that Durant still missed the shot while LeBron made both of his free throws after being fouled. I know I was expecting him to miss one of two and see the Thunder hit a 3 to tie the game, but it didn’t happen. James was 12-12 from the line. That was impressive.

H/T I am a GM for the vid


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510958308 Jose Madera

    They never erased the missed called for goal tending that happened, thus the game should have been tied anyways at the end if you are doing the math. The NBA is totally rigged beyond belief and it will never be up to par with the NFL in regards to quality control mechanisms. The correct way to fix this problem would be to have the option of reviewing a foul call in the last minutes of the game as they do with any “out of bounds” or “question of possession” play. The ability of the referees to create judgement upon a call is clearly not up to par with the speed of the players.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Smith/100003111027734 John Smith

    The interesting question is whether the refs missed the “goal tending” call because they didn’t know the rules to know it wasn’t goal tending or because they didn’t see something (e.g. that Durant blocked it first).

    James played well, but it looks like his quest for his first championship is getting a lot of help from unexpected means: (1) all the calls mentioned above, esp. the no-call; (2) the goal tending call; (3) Battier shooting out of his mind, esp. the bank-shot-prayer three pointer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Smith/100003111027734 John Smith

    On second thought, it seems likely the refs missed the call because they didn’t know the rules. If they didn’t see Durant block it first then they probably wouldn’t have had any need to confer so it seems the only reason they would confer is because they did see Durant block it first. So the refs didn’t just err on a judgment call or miss something; they just didn’t know the rules.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002425442984 Juan Hobbsecky

    I don’t see anything that vaguely looks like a foul in this replay. Good job refs. Quit whining OKC fan babies.

  • Anonymous

    That goal-tending call c have been reviewed during half time & Lebron did foul Durant, this video doesn’t show the best angle. He fouled Westbrook right after when they both jumped for the rebound also but in the end can’t blame the refs because if Harden and Durant made their free throws in the 4th…OKC would have most likely won.

  • keye blackmon

    Whats surprising to me is that Durant would not have been on the court (fouled out) if the refs would have called the offensive charge on him when he charged Battier.  Stop being biased people.  I think we would all agree that the refs do suck!!!

  • Anonymous

    One foul, or a bad call does not lose or win a game.  It only appears to.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E24EGTFBX5RFXXS7NMIPY3MRHQ Dana

    I’m no fan of either team, and here are my observations — 1) the NBA refs are terrible.  They regularly miss calls.  2) NBA refs swallow their whistles in the last 20 seconds of ANY close game, especially a playoff game, letting close calls go, 3) compared to all the pushing, shoving, hand checks, etc, the play in question should not have been called a foul.  Had he gone up straight and had the contact, he MIGHT have gotten the call.  But doing a fade away, you’re not going to get it — especially in a tight playoff game with only a few seconds left.  Durant should have just taken the ball to the hole when he had a step on James.

  • Anonymous

    the ref sure make the calls when they see them. that ‘s what taught at the school when your trying too ref the game . to make the call. no excuse for the ref missing the calls. call the game the way it should be call. dont make up calls because you miss some calls you sure have made. you bail the defense man out. offense has right away also

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BBXWZ5BKZQYWOEXJ455YCJ5JOE Mike Mike

     It does when its 40 secs left

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SXH5JGINWNWBYQFNCBCMRCRLCQ Joseph

    Some referees need to go back to Ref School…or may-be even better…..should there be another investigation on whether or not refs are betting/gambling on games? Is there any personal agendas to help Princess James attain a title crown?
    Joseph Blake, Syracuse, N.Y.

  • Anonymous

    This commentary is ridiculous! If the OKC Refs had called the charging foul that Kevin made toward Shane, there would have never been a play to complain about. Please, LeBron and Dwyane gets fouled consistently whenever they have the ball. Stop whining!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think there should be more refs on the floor, possibly a review system similar to the NFL, and penalties toward flopping. The NBA is starting to look like the WWA. This concerns me because the Refs are forced to pick and choose the fouls that they call and all NBA players are forced to overact!

  • Anonymous

    Everyone has a right to their own opinions, however I think it is totally unfair for so many people to attack LeBron James the way they do. LeBron fulfilled his obligation at Cleveland and Cleveland fulfilled theirs. ALL professional sports teams recruit players from other teams in order to become better so they can attempt to win a championship. During this modern era of free agency, there has never been a professional sports team that won a championship without recruiting players from other teams. This is a business first people. I don’t care how Kareem, Shaq, LeBron, Carmelo, Chris, or possibly Dwight makes THEIR “DECISIONS” about changing jobs. The team owners fire and hire players all the time. Sadly, this negativity toward players like LeBron is fueled by something much deeper. Whether LeBron wins or loses pales in comparison to the illness that plagues our society. Since the beginning of time evil and greedy men have exploited the masses by taking advantage of their differences, ignorance, fears, perceptions, and emotions. This has to stop! We are better than this. Now we are seeing it in our politics. We are all Americans! Citizens of the greatest country on Earth! I think it’s time we start acting like it. Sportswriters’ opinions are nothing but opinions designed to make their perspective companies money. Don’t believe their hype. The Heat can and have beat the Thunder, and The Thunder can and have beat the Heat. I believe that the team with the most Heart and Determination will win this series.

  • Anonymous

    you knw that their are people who are just lebron james haters okc must now realize miami can win it all with homecourt advantage lets go HEAT

  • Anonymous

    Its interesting how people don’t mention REF forgiven foul# 6 on Kevin Durant just minutes earlier when he ran over a waiting Shane Battier just outside the circle under miami basket.  The REFS gave Durant a big break there. 

    Durant had already fouled out technically when the controversial non call on Lebron James occurred late in the 4th quarter if the REFS had made the correct call on him earlier this discussion would not even exist.

    Bottom line OKC loss because MIA played better one play did not decide this game.

  • Anonymous

     Durant had already fouled out earlier but the REFS everyone is criticizing here gave him a huge break by not calling foul#6 on him when he ran over a waiting Shane Battier just outside the circle under MIA basket.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonesze David Jones

    Damn let it go OKC Lost Heat one

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RPTY7WXW4L3W4TSY6ABEFCGWPA Erika Simmons

     I totally agree with you just sayin7. Haven’t you people ever heard of “Free Will” Get over it already. Lebron just exercised his…you should try it sometime. You might actually make the right decision.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.anthony.338863 James Anthony

    but it seems like the refs keep calling the flops for okc since the playoff started they wouldnt be where they are without the refs help  so lets not say someone missed a call okc gets all the calls and im not even a heat fan ,the nba turn out to be a joke for a sport player do what they want play when they want get people fired they dont like and there way over paid and now all these flops  forget it

  • Anonymous

    IF you look at the video closely you will notice as westbrook goes up to rebound the ball during the last 7 seconds of the game, contact is made by westbrook on bosh, and westbrook fouls bosh.

  • Anonymous

    First,I’m not for either team.But on that last shot  Durant was fouled by Lebron.Also,Westbrook was fouled trying to get the rebound.You can tell they are going to help Lebron win a ring.The MVP three times,and in finals 3 out of 4 years.He’s almost 28 years old.He will finally get his ring,one way or the other.They won’t let OKC win..Stern is all about MONEY.Lebron is his moneybags!!!Lebron is getting old and bald.GO LEBRON!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WIBZ4ILACLX7H7DLEGWB4XXNJ4 Brian H

    well as usual LeBron proves to be the 2012 version of michal Jordan back in his day he can mug people and not get called for anything and you cant sneeze in his direction without being called for a foul.

  • Anonymous

    The ref’s suck there were plenty of charging done by both teams that got unnoticed.  When you mention okc fans whining.  Look at the top this is national news, not OKC news.  Oh and please learn to spell in your comments, especially if you are gonna cast stones-David- I think you meant “won” not one.  Yes I personally hate any “sacred cow”  (look it up if you don’t understand), It allows society to always allow the good old boy syndrome-What should be noted is OKC has an average team age of 22.5 yo.  These boys can play til the sun goes down, they are wearing down the aging Miami team.  No matter who wins in the end-OKC is gonna be a team to reckon with for many years. Even when LeBron retires and sits on his Laurel. 

  • erich steffen

    a block on a bosh shot showed it was goaltending in the replay, so put that 2 up for the heat and it’s no longer tied. missed/blown calls go both ways and those for the losing team whine about it …

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A2S7XKBGD2UMYS6DHL243XXF7M James

    It doesn’t when they still lost by 4!  Say the DID call the foul and he DID hit both free throws… THEY STILL LOSE BY 4

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A2S7XKBGD2UMYS6DHL243XXF7M James

    oops.. still lose by 2

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A2S7XKBGD2UMYS6DHL243XXF7M James

    oops… still lose by 2

  • Anonymous

    Serge Ibaka blocked Labron going up high for a dunk…block was called…look closely and you see all wrist.  That’s an easy 2 points foul no call.  James got called on the other end for the 2nd foul on no contact.  The difference in James and Durant game is James have more trouble playing in foul trouble because he’s an all around player playing hard nose basketball while KD is a pure shooter by far one of the best in the game behind KOBE.  My point here is teams will get bad call going their ways.  The ref can’t make all the right call nor can any of us.  At the end of the day, it comes down to OKC making a great run and still had a chance to win but missed.  Labron hardly foul KD on the last shot if you are to put the ref to make such a call on a crucial game decision play.  Was there contact?  Most definitely, just like most other shots in the low post.  There will be contact.  Labron held his ground, contact yes…foul NO.  Get a replay when Serge Ibaka blocked Labron dunk.  There was all contact at the wrist area.  FOUL NO CALL.  Both teams got call going in their favor and against, but at the end of the day don’t point out one single play and say the HEAT was given the win.  The HEAT won the game, period.  GREAT GAME to watch seeing two of the elite players of our time going at it in a different manner of play.  Labron all around skill and his developed low post game is making him tough to guard.  If you like to call foul, look how Labron took contact by multiple players in the low post and not often called for a foul.  Point blank…there was contact on the final play, but it was not a foul.  Definitely not in that last second situation on such normal contact in the low post would you expect the ref to make that call.  Great game, excellent no call. 

  • Anonymous

     why don’t point out each and every single play and say the HEAT should this and should not that…LMAO

  • Anonymous

     What about Serge Ibaka all wrist blocked on Labron going high for a dunk?  Calls go for and against both teams.  At the end of the day, only one team will win.

  • Anonymous

     Had the HEAT not turn the ball over and missed so many shots given OKC a chance to make a come back.  GET MY POINT???  U R an OKC whiner.

  • Anonymous

     Especially Labron in the low post.  Lots of contact by OKC but no call most of the time.  It’s part of the gmae.  OKC fans are whiners.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a fan of either team so my comment was unbiased but seeing your name is King James clearly shows your a Lebron DICK SUCKER…GET MY POINT? You are a COCK SUCKER!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a fan of either team so my comment was unbiased….you having King James in your name makes it clear to see who your rooting for groupie…GET MY POINT? U R an  GROUPIE.