The NBA called both those calls incorrect in the report, but during a press session today Kevin Durant didn't take solace in the acknowledge missed calls. One is a jump shot making team, relying heavily on their three point shooting and cutting, where as the other is a more physical, robust and defensively minded unit.
For a brief moment, there might've been a debate as to whether or not Irving would have the last shot.
"'It lived up to what everyone wanted it to", James said.
Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving once again outplayed Stephen Curry, and if this becomes a habit, the Warriors will continue to have a problem with the Cavs - no matter what James does.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr called the officiating crew from Sunday "outstanding" and some of the NBA's best. "I thought Klay played tremendous defense".
"I don't think they should hear that 'Oh, it's OK to talk about the last two minutes calls missed.' We should talk about the whole game, if that's the case because the whole game matters", James told reporters.
"I don't know where he got that from", Lue said. I switched to his body. "It looked like he lost his balance".
The two teams meet again January 16 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
James played down the chatter that the clash would serve as a Finals preview and wishes to treat it like just another game. "It was our mistakes that I'm more concerned about".
"To say I got fouled, just move on".
Jefferson was assessed a technical foul for taunting after he smiled and winked at Durant in the fourth quarter. "But those last two minutes; that's not a good thing".
Bulls-Spurs, which aired at 5 p.m. on ABC, got only a 3.4 overnight rating, the worst of any Christmas game on ABC since at least 2007, thanks largely to direct competition from the NFL.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and Derrick Rose had 25 for the Knicks, who fell to 22-29 in their NBA-record 51 Christmas appearances. The Warriors snagged a 14-point lead that Cleveland eroded with the help of a couple Irving 3-pointers. That's nobody's fault. I've just got to figure out a way to be more aggressive in that respect. Dwyane Wade led the Bulls with 24 points.