Durant controlled the ball for the Warriors on the final two possessions of the game, and it worked out well. On the first, he hit a pull-up three to tie the game. On the second, he again tried a three, but this time missed. But DeMarcus Cousins was there for the offensive rebound, and drew a foul on the way back up. Two free throws later and the Warriors had the lead with 5.4 seconds remaining - a lead they wouldn’t squander.
But the second successful possession was fortuitous, and not just because the miss ended up in Boogie’s hands. In the NBA’s Last Two Minute report, which they release every day, it was revealed that KD should have been whistled for a double dribble prior to the missed three.
The league reviewed every play in the final two minutes of the game, and found that they were all officiated correctly, with the exception of Durant’s dribble. At the time, it looked like the ball bounced off of Justise Winslow’s leg or foot, which would have made the dribble legal. But apparently that was not the case.
Here’s the league’s official explanation:
Combining video evidence from multiple angles confirms that the ball does not make contact with Winslow’s (MIA) foot/shin and a discontinued dribble should have been called on Durant (GSW).
If you click on the report, you can watch a video of the play.
As the saying goes, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than to be good. In the case of the Warriors, it appears that they’re both!