NBA's L2M Report says LeBron fouled by Durant late
NBA.com Global on Dec 27, 2017 02:10 PM
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after blocking a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. The Warriors won 99-92. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
NBA.com staff report
After a Christmas Day back-and-forth of debate, the NBA cleared the air on what should have been called during the closing minutes of Golden State's 99-92 win over Cleveland on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
The league's Last Two Minute Report, which evaluates each officiating call and non-call over the final 120 seconds of the game, revealed that LeBron James was indeed fouled by Kevin Durant during the final possessions of the contest. The report states that Durant fouled James three times in that span, including twice on a James drive with under 30 seconds remaining.
LeBron on the non-called fouls by Durant: "Which one?..I lost it on the left wing. He got me a little bit. But the one [where the out-of-bounds call was overturned], he fouled me twice. But whatever. What are you gonna do about it." pic.twitter.com/QbR0ZhfDKi— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) December 26, 2017
James said as much after the game, telling reporters, "He fouled me twice, but whatever. What are you going to do about it?"
Kevin Durant on the Twitter debate that his final defensive stand was a foul: "Keep that shit on Twitter" pic.twitter.com/CpJ0lyCnm5— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 25, 2017
Durant responded by saying James is "too big for that. He's too big. That ain't no foul."