NBA Says Kevin Durant Was Fouled on Final Possession of Warriors vs. Cavaliers

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 25:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game on December 25, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE  (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers earned an impressive win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, but it came with some controversy.

In a review of the officiating after the 109-108 Cavaliers victory, the NBA stated Richard Jefferson should have been called for a foul on Kevin Durant on the final play of the game. Durant fell over before attempting the would-be game-winning shot as time expired Sunday:

The review also stated LeBron James should have been called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim with 1:43 remaining.

Cleveland overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Warriors in a rematch of the last two NBA Finals. The game could have been a preview of a third championship battle between the two squads, which lead their respective conferences.

However, the result sparked debate as to what happened on the final play of the game.

"I fell, and I didn't fall on my own," Durant said afterward, per Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

Jefferson, who didn't deny making contact, countered, per Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal: "We all think we're fouled on every play in every single game."

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The other controversy stemmed from this dunk and reaction by James, which didn't lead to a technical foul:

While the play gave the Cavaliers a two-point lead with less than two minutes remaining, the ensuing celebration was excessive.


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