NBA Last 2-Minute Report says Harden got away with charge on Game 3-clinching basket

Josh Schrock | NBC SPORTS

Much has been made about the officiatingearly on in the Warriors’ Western Conference semifinal series with the Houston Rockets.

Most of that chatter came from the Rockets following their Game 1 loss at Oracle Arena, but the officiating was relatively good in both Games 2 and 3.

But, the NBA released the “Last Two-Minute Report” for the Rockets’ 126-121 overtime win in Game 3 on Saturday, and it appears the Warriors actually don’t get all the calls. (Sorry, Daryl Morey.)

The NBA ruled that upon review of the tape, James Harden should have been called for an offensive foul on Draymond Green with 27 seconds left in the overtime period. Harden collided with Green after letting go of an 8-foot floater that gave Houston the five-point lead it would eventually win by.

To be clear, the Warriors appeared to lack focus in Game 3 from the jump. Houston thoroughly outplayed them for most of the game, and only Kevin Durant’s sensational game allowed the Warriors to have a shot at stealing Game 3. Still, they should have only trailed by three with 26 seconds to play in overtime.

Holding a 2-1 series lead, Golden State now must find a way to get both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson going for Monday night’s critical Game 4 or they risk heading back to Oakland with the series tied at two.




Raptors, Nuggets win to even NBA playoff series at 2-2

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Kawhi Leonard scored 39 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:01 left, to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-96 on Sunday and even the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2.

Marc Gasol scored 16, Kyle Lowry had 14 and the Raptors rebounded after consecutive losses to reclaim home-court advantage.

Jimmy Butler scored 29 and JJ Redick had 19 for Philadelphia. The 76ers are trying to reach the conference finals for the first time since Allen Iverson led them to the NBA Finals in 2001.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Toronto.


PORTLAND, Ore. — Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his second straight triple-double and fourth of the playoffs, and Denver evened its Western Conference semifinal series against Portland at 2-2.

Jamal Murray led all scorers with 34 points and made all 11 free throws for the Nuggets, who handed Portland their first postseason loss at home this season. The series now heads back to Denver for Game 5.

CJ McCollum had 29 points and Damian Lillard added 28 for the Blazers, who missed out on taking a 3-1 lead in a conference semifinals for the first time since 2000.

It was less than 48 hours after Portland’s epic 140-137 quadruple-overtime victory to take a 2-1 lead in the series. It was only the second game in playoff history that went to four OTs. The other was in 1953.

Kobe Bryant tells the story behind his one-on-one game with Beyoncé’s dad

“I don’t think he made another basket after that.”

Kobe provides commentary for this legendary moment.


By now, you’ve probably seen the video. A young Kobe Bryant played a one-on-one game against Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles, several years ago while on set for the shooting of one of her music videos. Very little of the game was actually caught on tape, but what has been released to the public favors Knowles. Bryant misses a mid-range jumper. Knowles hits a layup. And then the video cuts out. A particularly devious person could claim that Kobe lost the game.

He didn’t. He explained that while we may have seen Knowles make a shot, it was the only one that he made all game.

Frankly, he shouldn’t have even made that layup that he made. Bryant clearly lets him get one with fairly lazy defense, and as he explains, it was a favor to the singer and her father. He didn’t want to embarrass them too much considering he was going to be in one of her videos. This was not a courtesy he ever once granted on an NBA floor.

In the end, it amounts to little more than bragging rights. For the rest of his life, Beyonce’s dad can claim he scored a bucket on Kobe Bryant. Just like this video, though, the story will surely omit the details of this game that reveal just how badly Kobe actually beat him.