Spurs center Tiago Splitter tipped in the game-winning basket with 2.1 seconds remaining to beat the Warriors 104-102 at the Oracle Arena on Thursday.
After Stephen Curry tied the game at 102 on a three-pointer with 28 seconds left, a short-handed San Antonio team approached its final possession without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili (who were resting), and Tony Parker (who is injured). Their final play saw Marco Belinelli enter the ball to Boris Diaw on the left block and then receive it back on the left wing with less than 10 seconds on the clock. The Italian guard opted for a contested pull-up jumper, which rimmed off long.
Andrew Bogut had inside position for the rebound, but he lost control of the ball as he spilled to the court. Diaw and Splitter were both waiting opportunistically, and Diaw came up with the ball, putting up a scooping reverse lay-up as the clock went under four seconds. That shot also rimmed off, and Splitter emerged from the pack to put home the left-handed tip-in with 2.1 seconds remaining. Golden State was unable to score on its final possession, and the Spurs went home with their sixth win out of their last seven games and their second win in as many nights.
Replays appeared to indicate that Splitter could have been whistled for offensive goaltending on the play, as the ball was still in the basket cylinder when he made contact with it. Here's a top-down look.
A top-down look at Tiago Splitter's tip-in. (TNT)
While the NBA's replay rules do allow for the review of goaltending and basket interference plays during the final two minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime, the video review process is only triggered if the game officials initially whistle the violation. In this case, the game officials did not whistle an offensive goaltending violation on the play so they did not have the opportunity to proceed to the video review process.
Splitter's tip-in was his only made basket of the game. He finished with four points (on 1-for-7 shooting) and five rebounds in 28 minutes. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 21 points (on 8-for-14 shooting) and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. San Antonio improved to 21-5 with the win.
Curry finished with 30 points (on 12-for-28 shooting) and 15 assists in 40 minutes for the Warriors. David Lee scored a game-high 32 points (on 13-for-22 shooting) and added 13 rebounds in 39 minutes. Golden State fell to 14-13 with the loss.
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