NBA: Kings got away with fouling Stephen Curry in final seconds of win over Warriors


Warriors coach Steve Kerr went ballistic during the third third quarter of the Warriors’ loss to the Kings on Saturday and got rightfully ejected.

If he were looking for a fight, he should’ve stuck around. He would’ve had even more reason to pick one.

The NBA’s Last Two Minute Report cited Sacramento for three uncalled offensive violations, though the Kings didn’t score on any of those possessions anyway. But the fourth missed call in the report boosted Sacramento in a big way.

As Golden State inbounded, down one with 6.2 seconds left in overtime, Darren Collison got away with an away-from-the-play foul for impeding Stephen Curry‘s freedom of movement. Per the league:

Collison (SAC) grabs Curry (GSW) and affects his FOM during the inbound.

A correct call would’ve given any Warrior on the court — likely Curry, who’s shooting 92% on free throws this season and 90% for his career — a single free throw to tie the game. Then, Golden State would’ve gotten the ball back with a chance to go ahead.

Instead, Curry took the inbound after the uncalled foul and missed a layup.

The Warriors finally got a missed call in their favor on the ensuing inbound, Draymond Green getting away with an away-from-the-play foul of DeMarcus Cousins with 3.4 seconds left. But down one, Golden State was desperate to force a turnover. You can bet Green wouldn’t have risked fouling Cousins on the inbound if the Warriors were up or tied.

The Kings eventually inbounded the ball, drew an intentional foul and added a couple free throws for a 109-106 win.