It's always nice to be vindicated. For those of you who missed it, the NBA has officially noted (belatedly) that Durant was indeed fouled during the final play of the Utah game. It's moments like these where fans are going to cry out for instant replay and review. Obviously this doesn't actually do much to help us, and I'm pretty sure everyone is over it already ... but again, it's nice when the governing body admits that you're right. Here's the news in full glory:
NBA admits referees made mistake in Thunder/Jazz game
Sports Network | April 8, 2010
New York, NY (Sports Network) - The NBA admitted Wednesday that game officials made a mistake on a last-second no-call from the previous night in Utah's 140-139 home overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"On the final play of last night's Oklahoma City-Utah game, the officials missed a foul committed by the Jazz's C.J. Miles on the Thunder's Kevin Durant during a three-point shot attempt," said Joel Litvin, NBA president of league and basketball operations.
Deron Williams made the game-winning jumper with 1.1 seconds left in overtime for Utah, but the Thunder had a chance to pull out the victory at the end. Durant's long three-pointer missed, but his hand was clearly hit by Miles as the buzzer sounded. Durant turned toward the game officials in disbelief that no foul was called.
The loss left the Thunder tied with San Antonio for sixth place in the Western Conference. Both clubs lost on Wednesday and Portland defeated the Los Angeles Clippers to make it a three-way tie for the No. 6 seed.