Golden State took full advantage of the huge slice of luck they received and came out with more energy in the overtime period, outscoring the Cavaliers 17-7.
James was not interested in giving any kind of explanation regarding what might have been going through Smith's head in the final seconds. "We're in the fight now".
The Warriors smelt blood at this unexpected opportunity, and they used OT to get their groove back. Hill would miss his second free throw, tying the game he could have ended.
"That is as inexcusable of a mistake as you can possibly make". I saw the play happening. I was outside the charge line. It's a huge play.
Replays showed James' feet were some distance outside the restricted area, prompting the Cavaliers to question the necessity of the replay review.
Needless to say Lebron James was NOT happy.
"It has never been done, ever, in the history of the game".
Referee Ken Mauer defended the choice to review the call.
"We've taken some money on LeBron as well, and a bigger one on Thompson to knock him down from 25-1 to 20-1", Murray said. "So we had to change it to a blocking foul".
Schwartz: I was just trying to see if you knew exactly what his state of mind was. That was certainly quite bad, but it was also a regular season game.
The exploits of the four-time MVP will quickly be forgotten, however, as the headlines belong to J.R. for his freaky moment at the end of the encounter.
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The general consensus is that Smith - somehow, someway - didn't know the game was tied as Hill was taking his free throws, and after Hill made the first of two, assumed that the Cavs were up one, when in reality the score was level.
Instead, the game went to overtime.
"We got lucky", Kerr said.
JR Smith grabbed the rebound of the second foul shot and dribbled the ball out to midcourt instead of going for a potential game-winning shot. They decided James wasn't and changed their original call.
He missed. Cavs teammate JR Smith made a brilliant read to pull in the offensive rebound but he thought the Cavs were ahead so ran away from the basket and condemned them to overtime.
Surely, then, it was Kevin Durant, right?
"I was trying to get enough (space) to bring it out to get a shot off", Smith said.
"He thought we were up one", Lue said.
As Thompson was being told he'd been ejected, he had words with Green, who does his share of agitating during games and drawing the ire of opponents. "Nothing really. It is what it is".
James drove past Curry for a three-point play with 50 seconds remaining in the fourth.
"It was a insane game", Curry said.