After some controversy in Game 5 of the Cavaliers' 98-95 win over the Pacers Wednesday, the NBA admitted referees missed two crucial calls in the final seconds of the game.
In its Last Two-Minute Report released Thursday, the league revealed LeBron James should have been called for goaltending on Victor Oladipo with five seconds left in the fourth quarter. If the call had been made, Indiana would have taken a 97-95 lead. The play wasn't reviewed at the time.
The NBA's last-two-minutes report is out, and it says, indeed, that last night the Cavs should have retained the ball with 27.6 seconds to go (refs mistook who last touched it before it went out). And, indeed, LeBron's block on Oladipo with 5 seconds to go was actually a goaltend pic.twitter.com/cAoGFqNIAJ- Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 26, 2018
Instead, the Cavs took a timeout and then put James in position to make a 3-pointer as the clock ran out.
Oladipo said after the game he thought goaltending should have been called.
"I got a step on him. Felt like I even got grabbed on the way to the rim," Oladipo said ( via ESPN ). "I tried to shoot a layup, it hit the backboard, then he blocked it. ... It was a goaltend. It's hard to even speak on it. It just sucks, honestly. It really sucks. We fought our way back, we tied the game up, that layup is huge."
It was also revealed that the officials missed a call before James' goaltending block that was in favor of the Pacers.
The report says the officials made an error in giving Indiana the ball with 27.6 seconds left after Pacers forward Thaddeus Young deflected the ball away from James and it went out of bounds, but a whistle wasn't blown. The ball then bounced off of James' arm, landing out of bounds again. That time the refs blew the whistle and gave the ball to the Pacers.
The Cavaliers lead the series 3-2 and will face the Pacers in Game 6 Friday in Indianapolis.