The San Antonio Spurs were involved in another battle with the OKC Thunder on Tuesday. Both were involved again in controversy during the final seconds.
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With under 10-seconds left in the game and the Thunder holding a one point lead at 92-91, Westbrook received the ball on the baseline and was quickly grabbed by Leonard, whom clearly wrapped his arm around the waist of a driving Westbrook.
With no foul being called, it allowed Westbrook to drive into the lane and convert a layup while getting fouled by LaMarcus Aldridge. He would hit the free throw which would be the difference as the Thunder would win Game 5 by a score of 95-91 to take a 3-2 series lead. After the game, Leonard spoke on that final play and stated that he “definitely” fouled him.
“I definitely fouled him, but the referee, I guess he didn’t see it, and you just got to keep playing through it.”
Leonard finished with a team-high 26 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals. In a game that heard a lot of whistles early in the game, it can come back and haunt a team down the stretch when those same whistles don’t come later. At least it was not as bad as the missed calls in Game 2.
The Spurs with their backs against the wall face an elimination Game 6 in Oklahoma on Thursday. As good of a regular season as the Spurs have had, it is tough to think that their season is now on the line.