The Miami Heat have narrowly ousted the OKC Thunder 110-108 after a dubious no-call on Josh Giddey on the final possession.
After Tyler Herro hit the huge go-ahead shot on the previous play with 4.4 seconds remaining in the game, the Thunder had a chance to even the scores or win the game with a three.
Shai Gilgous-Alexander missed the potential game tying mid-range shot, but Giddey grabbed the offensive board and appeared to be shoved in the back when he went back up to try and lay the ball in.
Time expired as both Giddey and Gilgeous-Alexander argued the call with the referee to no avail in a wild finish to the Paycom Centre clash.
“Giddey got taken out underneath the rim … Giddey thought he got fouled on the reverse,” Thunder commentator Chris Fisher said.
“Just a little bit of a shove from Oladipo on the back. Giddey the entire time was taken off his spot.”
Giddey finished with a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double plus seven assists in 36 minutes in a strong performance from the Aussie.
But it was Herro, who had a game-high 35 points with nine threes, and the Heat that had the last laugh to improve to 14-15 – marking their third win from their last four games to creep closer to getting back to .500.
Gilgeous-Alexander led all Thunder starters in double figures with 27, adding eight rebounds and seven assists, but it wasn’t enough as Mark Daigneault’s team dropped its fourth in a row to fall to 11-17.
CURRY SUFFERS SHOULDER INJURY
The Golden State Warriors have dropped a second-straight game in a 119-125 road loss to the Indiana Pacers.
But Steve Kerr’s team has bigger problems.
Steph Curry exited the game early during third quarter with a shoulder injury and didn’t return after a huge performance from the superstar – ending with 38 points, five triples, seen rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block in 29 minutes.
If losing Curry wasn’t enough, Draymond Green got ejected from the contest early in the fourth after receiving a second technical foul for arguing with a referee, as the Warriors, already playing without Klay Thompson (rest), couldn’t complete a complete.