OKC reacts after the non-call before Giannis’ game winning dunk

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Aris Barkas

30/Dec/17 10:05


A controversial non-call after Giannis Antetokounmpo stepped on the baseline before finishing a dunk with 1.1 seconds left gave the Milwaukee Bucks a 97-95 win over the Thunder, snapping OKC’s six-game win streak.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

“I guess we’ll see something on the ticker that says referees missed that one,” Carmelo Anthony said according to ESPN. “We can’t do nothing about that at this point, so we might as well forget about it and move on and get ready for — who we play Sunday? Dallas? Get ready for Dallas.”

Crew chief Derrick Stafford said after the game via a pool reporter that the play with Antetokounmpo was not reviewable.

“In any reviewable matter, there has to be a whistle called on the floor,” Stafford said. “There was no whistle blown for the play, so we couldn’t review it.”

With 4.7 seconds left, the Bucks called timeout and set up a play for Antetokounmpo, who spun baseline on Josh Huestis and finished a dunk over Westbrook.

“You can’t control reffing,” Huestis said. “At the end of the day, I’m a perfectionist. I put it on myself to maybe play a little better defense and stop him from spinning baseline, period; so that’s something I take seriously, and I think I need to work on not even letting him get there in the first place. Missed calls happen; it’s not something you can control.”

“Simple,” Antetokounmpo said. “Came down to the last play, Coach trusted me, having the ball late and making a play. I’m just trying to go and do what I do best. Drive the ball to the rim and try to make something happen.”

“I couldn’t see that,” Westbrook said of Antetokounmpo stepping out. “I was trying to stop it, but I have to think you’ve seen it, so it’s over now. It doesn’t matter. They made a dunk, won the game,” he said.

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