Thunder hold on to beat Spurs and even series 1-1
SAN ANTONIO (AP):
The Oklahoma City Thunder nearly gave the game away in a wild final sequence that referees acknowledge should have been blown dead before it started.
All that matters to the Thunder is that they're all even with the San Antonio Spurs.
Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and the Thunder held on to beat San Antonio 98-97 on Monday night, evening the series at one game apiece when the Spurs failed to score in the final seconds.
Kevin Durant added 28 points as the Thunder handed the Spurs just their second home loss of the season, rebounding from a 32-point beating in Game One.
With San Antonio trailing 98-97 with 13.5 seconds remaining and Oklahoma City out of time outs, Thunder guard Dion Waiters elbowed Manu Ginobili to get the space needed to inbound the ball.
"On the floor, we did not see a foul on the play," referee Ken Mauer told a pool reporter. "However, upon review, we realised, and we agree that we should have had an offensive foul on the play. It's a play that we have never seen before, ever, but we feel we should have had an offensive foul on Waiters."
"No, I'm in the game, man, I don't really know what's really going on," Waiters said. "My whole mindset is get the ball inbounds and hopefully we get a foul once the ball the ball gets inbounds, but it was a crazy sequence the last 13 seconds. So we pulled it out, that's all I care about."
Waiters inbounded to Durant, who was immediately stripped by Danny Green. Patty Mills missed an open three-pointer, LaMarcus Aldridge lost the ball after grabbing the airball and Kawhi Leonard was unable to gather the ball before the buzzer sounded.
"I don't know what it is, to tell you the truth, what type of violation it is," Ginobili said of Waiters' elbow. "It's got to be something. But again, it's not that play that decided anything. We got the steal, we got the shot, we got an offensive rebound."
Game Three is Friday at Oklahoma City.