NBA: Mavericks got away with a loose-ball foul before go-ahead shot against Thunder in Game 2


Raymond Felton grabbed the defensive rebound, brought the ball up court and knifed through the defense for a tie-breaking layup with 28.7 seconds left – giving the Mavericks a lead they never relinquished in their Game 2 win over the Thunder on Monday.

But how did Felton get the ball in the first place?

Thanks to a box-out by Salah Mejri, who got away with fouling Steven Adams in the process.

NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:

Mejri (DAL) has his arm over Adams’ (OKC) shoulder, affecting his ability to retrieve the rebound

A correct call would’ve sent Adams – who made 58% of his free throws this season – to the line for two attempts with 41.1 seconds left. Instead of Adams having a chance to break the tie, Felton did.

That’s a huge swing.

The final two minutes featured three other missed calls – all favoring Oklahoma City, which lost regardless. None of the three affected the result of a possession.

Serge Ibaka and Adams both got away with illegal screening Wesley Matthews on the Thunder’s inbound with 26.5 seconds left, which sprung Kevin Durant for an open look. But Durant missed (and missed again after an Oklahoma City offensive rebound), anyway.

Dion Waiters also got away with a loose-ball for taking down Matthews on the second of Felton’s two missed free throws with 7.1 seconds left. But, again, it didn’t matter because Adams’ putback came too late on the other end.

What mattered a great deal: the incorrect non-call on Mejri’s loose-ball foul. That very well could’ve been the difference between the Thunder taking a 2-0 series lead and the 1-1 split we saw in reality.