Manu Ginobili says the San Antonio Spurs didn't lose on the missed call by the referees

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A bizarre sequence in the final 13 and a half seconds of the game, that started with an admitted missed-call from the officials, failed to yield points for the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder escaped San Antonio with a one point win and evened the series at one game apiece.

The Thunder were up 98-97 with just under 14 seconds to go in the fourth quarter as Dion Waiters attempted to inbound the ball with Manu Ginobili harassing him on the sideline.

Eventually, the frustrated Waiters cleared space to enter the ball into play by shoving Ginobili in the chest with his elbow, a play that NBA Crew Chief Ken Mauer said should have been whistled.

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"On the floor, we did not see a foul on the play," Mauer said. "However, upon review we realise and we agree that we should have had an offensive foul on the play. It's a play we've never seen before, ever. We should have had an offensive foul on Waiters."

Had Waiters been whistled for a foul, the Spurs would've been handed possession and the chance to advance the ball by using a timeout, thus giving Gregg Popovich the opportunity to draw up a play.

Instead, Waiters threw the ball up for grabs and despite Kevin Durant getting his hands on the ball, he failed to come down with it. The Spurs had a final chance to win the game but a Patty Mills corner three fell well short of the rim.

About the inbound play Ginobili said, "It's a very awkward play and it doesn't happen very often so I guess [the officials] didn't see it. With all that, we complain about that, but what can we do?"

The missed call from the officials on the floor also riled some notable NBA figures who took to Twitter to express their views.

Ginobili admitted that while they did complain about the non-call, it was not the reason they lost the game.

Before flat out saying that the game was not stolen from the Spurs on a bad call, Ginobili explained that despite not getting the call they wanted, they still had plenty of opportunities to come away with the victory.

"We had the ball, we had a great shot, we had a few other opportunities, so it's just things that happen," he said.

Ginobili said he had never seen a play like that and didn't know what should have been called but added: "It doesn't matter, it's over. I'm not going to be able to change it, nobody's going to change it."

The Spurs veteran didn't want to dwell on the no-call by the officials post-game and is only looking towards putting things right in Oklahoma City in game three on Friday.

"We've got to go into OKC and try to win a game," he said.

The Thunder bounced back impressively from a 32-point thumping on Saturday to steal home court advantage and the series will now shift to Oklahoma City. 

San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
NBA Playoffs
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Manu Ginobili
Kevin Durant
Tony Parker

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