The Miami Heat wanted a double-dribble call on Golden State's Kevin Durant in the last seconds of a tie game Sunday night in an eventual loss to the Warriors in Oakland, Calif.
On Monday, the NBA agreed.
"Combining video evidence from multiple angles confirms that the ball does not make contact with (Justise Winslow's) foot/shin and a discontinued dribble should have been called on Durant," according to a Last Two Minute Report issued by the league.
Without the violation, Durant resumed his dribble, and while he missed a 3-point attempt, teammate DeMarcus Cousins was fouled after grabbing the offensive rebound. Cousins made both free throws with 5.4 seconds left to break a 118-118 tie, and Miami missed a 3-point shot and a tip-in try in the last three seconds of a 120-118 loss.
Not surprisingly, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was critical of the call after the game.
"Those are tough calls to make, but everybody saw it. It's right there in front of everybody," Spoelstra said. "That should be a violation, and you can't miss those calls. But we had our chances, it was back and forth."
Spoelstra said on Monday before the Heat took on the Denver Nuggets that his comments were about "accountability all across" the league, including the officials, whose role he called "the worst job in the league."
The South Florida Sun Sentinel cited an unnamed source on Monday as saying the league was not going to fine Spoelstra for his postgame remarks, although the comments included a reference to Golden State taking 26 free throws to eight for Miami.
"I didn't say anything inflammatory," Spoelstra said Monday. "I'm allowed to say my piece about that. I didn't cross the line, so I didn't anticipate that I would be fined."
On Sunday, Spoelstra had also said, "Look, NBA, do not fine me. I'm allowed to say this. It ends up being 26 to 8. I know nobody wants to hear that, and that's not why we lost. ... But you hate to see 26 to 8 when our guys are going aggressively."
--Field Level Media