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The NBA reveals two incorrect non-calls by officials in game five between the Spurs and Thunder

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The NBA has confirmed that the referees in game five between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder made two incorrect non-calls down the stretch of the Thunder's 95-91 win.

The victory gave OKC a 3-2 series lead with a chance to close out the series and advance to the Western Conference finals at the Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight. 

The two non-calls by the officials went against the Spurs and it is the second time in the series that the league's Last Two Minute Report has revealed some refereeing errors - five were made in the final 13.5 seconds in game two.

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The league acknowledged that the first non-call involved Kawhi Leonard, who attempted to intentionally foul Russell Westbrook with 8.7 seconds remaining. 

The Spurs forward appeared to make enough contact on the Thunder point guard but the officials let the play continue, which resulted in Westbrook getting a three-point play after being fouled by LaMarcus Aldridge at the rim, effectively sealing the win for the visitors.

Speaking after the game Leonard said: "I definitely fouled him. But the referee, I guess he didn't see it. You just got to keep playing through it."

Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

The second incorrect call was on Danny Green, who was whistled for a foul on Kevin Durant with 54.7 seconds to go. The Spurs man fell into Durant as he went up for a jump shot but replays showed it was as a result of a deliberate trip by Steven Adams.

The NBA stated in its report: "Adams (OKC) extends his leg into Green's (SAS) path, causing him to trip and fall into Durant (OKC)."

"I tried to chase KD around the screen, and my leg came out from under me, and I'm pretty sure it was his foot," Green said post-game. "I don't know if it was intentional or not, but the reason that I fouled Durant was because of the domino effect of being tripped."

Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

Opportunity

San Antonio will not dwell on the non-calls as they're traditionally not a team or an organisation that use refereeing decisions as excuses. 

They know what they have to do and will not allow OKC to advance with ease, they will definitely make Billy Donovan's team earn every bucket. 

For the Thunder, though, this game represents a huge opportunity to knock off one of the favourites for the championship and make a huge statement of intent. 

This scenario  certainly didn't look likely when the Spurs beat them by 32 points in game one. 

Led by their superstar duo of KD and Westbrook, OKC has turned the series around and can go one step closer to bringing the franchise its first title if they secure the win in front of what is sure to be a boisterous crowd in Oklahoma City

The defending champions in Oakland await the winners.

Topics:
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Kawhi Leonard
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant

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