LEBRON James’ go-ahead triple in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ series-clinching Game 4 win over the Indiana Pacers in first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs should not have counted as it was one of the two crucial travelling violations that the refs missed, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
In the league’s review, one of the notable non-calls was on James after he moved his pivot foot at the start of his dribble before making the crucial trey at the 1:14 mark in the fourth quarter of the Cavs’ 106-102 victory that led to a series sweep over the Pacers.
The NBA also determined that Paul George’s missed game-tying three-point attempt with 4.6 seconds left should have been disallowed as well as the Pacers star travelled before the shot.
James grabbed the rebound off George’s miss and sealed the sweep, making an NBA record with 10 sweeps in his career, with a split at the stripe.
The NBA’s Last Two Minute Reports, however, do not change the outcomes of games as they only serve as guides for the officiating crew on their accurate and inaccurate calls and non-calls in matches with margins of five points or less entering the final two-minute mark.