Kevin Durant Was Fouled: The Thunder Should Have Won

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Kevin Durant Was Fouled: The Thunder Should Have Won
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I know there's an unwritten rule that the game is called differently in the last 30 seconds or so, and I get that refs (and fans) don't want games decided at the free-throw line, but Kevin Durant got fouled last night on that last-second three-pointer. 

The refs swallowed their whistles and the Jazz won the overtime "classic," 140-139. 

Except it wasn't a classic—because no classic can ever end with the wrong score and winner. 

Look at the replay—C.J. Miles clearly makes contact with Durant's shooting arm.  No one can make a deep jumper when their shooting hand or wrist is impeded. 

If I'm a defender and I know the refs aren't going to call that, then I will always make the contact—it creates an unfair situation. 

I know they're reluctant to decide the game on a foul call, but it's not the refs' fault if the defender can't keep his hands off the shooter. 

Who knows if Durant's shot would have gone in? 

But if he isn't allowed to shoot it, and the defender hasn't stopped him by making contact on the ball (and only the ball), that's got to be called. 

What do you think?

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