The NBA says referees should have called a foul on James Harden before his game-winning shot.
Though Andre Iguodala registered no complaints after he was victimized on what ended up being the game-winning shot with 2.7 seconds left in Game 3 of the Warriors-Rockets playoff series, the NBA felt differently.
The league noted in its Last Two Minutes report Friday morning, roughly 12 hours after James Harden drained a 10-foot step-back jumper, that the Rockets star committed an offensive foul when he pushed off on Iguodala.
“Harden initiates the contact with Iguodala to create space and dislodges him from his legal guarding position,” the report states.
The conclusion upon video review was that the officiating crew — Scott Foster, Mark Ayotte and Tom Washington — made an “Incorrect Non-Call.”
Because Harden’s push-off was so blatant — though that call rarely is made — Iguodala was asked about it after the game, a 97-96 Warriors loss. The veteran took the high road.
“I think my brother made a nice play and made a good shot,” Iguodala said.
The NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report” on Game 3 between Warriors and Rockets is listed below:
Q4 01:47.0 Foul: Shooting Draymond Green James Harden CNC
Green (GSW) maintains legal guarding position as he defends Harden’s (HOU) shot attempt.
Q4 01:46.0 Foul: Loose Ball Shaun Livingston Donatas Motiejunas CNC
Livingston (GSW) and Motiejunas (HOU) make incidental contact with one another during rebounding.
Q4 01:40.0 Violation: Kicked Ball Patrick Beverley INC
Beverley (HOU) intentionally kicks the ball on the play.
Q4 01:30.0 Foul: Offensive Klay Thompson Donatas Motiejunas CNC
Thompson (GSW) sets the screen on Motiejunas (HOU) and gives him room to avoid the contact.
Q4 01:26.0 Foul: Shooting Patrick Beverley Ian Clark CNC
Beverley (HOU) maintains legal guarding position and makes incidental contact with Clark (GSW) that does not affect his drive to the basket and shot attempt.
Q4 01:13.0 Foul: Offensive Donatas Motiejunas Andre Iguodala CNC
Motiejunas (HOU) sets the screen on Iguodala (GSW) and gives him room to avoid the contact.
Q4 01:07.0 Foul: Personal Klay Thompson Trevor Ariza CNC
Thompson (GSW) makes incidental contact with Ariza (HOU) that does not affect his RSBQ.
Q4 01:05.0 Foul: Shooting Draymond Green Trevor Ariza CNC
Green (GSW) maintains legal guarding position and does not affect Ariza’s (HOU) shot attempt.
Q4 00:47.2 Foul: Offensive Draymond Green James Harden CNC
Green (GSW) sets the screen on Harden (HOU) and gives him room to avoid the contact.
Q4 00:43.1 Foul: Shooting James Harden Shaun Livingston
[Observable in enhanced video] RHH shows that Harden (HOU) makes contact with Livingston’s (GSW) arm that affects his driving shot attempt.
Q4 00:42.4 Foul: Loose Ball James Harden Draymond Green INC
Harden (HOU) pushes Green (GSW) in the back affecting his ability to retrieve the rebound.
Q4 00:41.0 Foul: Offensive Draymond Green Trevor Ariza CNC
Green (GSW) sets the screen on Ariza (HOU) and gives him room to avoid the contact.
Q4 00:41.0 Foul: Loose Ball Draymond Green Michael Beasley CC
Green (GSW) dislodges Beasley (HOU), affecting his ability to retrieve the rebound.
Q4 00:39.3 Foul: Shooting Donatas Motiejunas Klay Thompson CNC
Motiejunas (HOU) legally contests Thompson’s (GSW) jump shot attempt.
Q4 00:33.0 Turnover: 3 Second Violation Draymond Green
[Incidental or immaterial] Green (GSW) is in the paint for longer than three seconds.
Q4 00:25.0 Foul: Personal Ian Clark Patrick Beverley CNC
Clark (GSW) makes incidental contact with Beverley (HOU) that does not affect his RSBQ.
Q4 00:15.4 Foul: Personal Ian Clark Michael Beasley CNC
Clark (GSW) cleanly knocks the ball away from Beasley (HOU).
Q4 00:14.4 Foul: Inbound Andre Iguodala Michael Beasley INC
Iguodala (GSW) clamps and holds Beasley’s (HOU) arm on the inbound pass.
Q4 00:14.4 Instant Replay: Support Ruling CC
After communicating with the Replay Center, the ruling on the court that possession be awarded to HOU was upheld.
Q4 00:05.0 Foul: Offensive James Harden Andre Iguodala INC
Harden (HOU) initiates the contact with Iguodala (GSW) to create space and dislodges him from his legal guarding position.
Q4 00:02.7 Foul: Inbound Dwight Howard Marreese Speights CNC
Howard (HOU) maintains legal guarding position on Speights (GSW) during the inbound pass.
Q4 00:01.0 Foul: Inbound Draymond Green Michael Beasley INC
Green (GSW) wraps Beasley (HOU) and throws him to the ground on the inbounds play. Basketball Operations is reviewing the contact.
Key: CC = Correct Call, IC = Incorrect Call, CNC = Correct Non-Call, INC = Incorrect Non-Call