The Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal should have been whistled for goaltending on the play that preceded Stephen Curry's game-winning buzzer beater in Golden State's 122-120 overtime victory at Dallas, the NBA announced Wednesday.
"Upon review at the league office, we have found that a shot taken by Dallas' Monta Ellis with 16.0 seconds remaining in overtime was on the way down when initially contacted and ruled a block by Golden State's Jermaine O'Neal, and should have been ruled a goaltend," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement. "The exact trajectory of the ball when touched was impossible to ascertain with the naked eye, and the play was not reviewable."
O'Neal came over and helped Klay Thompson on the play with the block that the 18-year veteran said after the game was close to being goaltending but wasn't.
"You see I blocked it, grabbed it and outletted it," O'Neal said. "There's no way they could have called that because when your hand is on top of the ball, that's a good block."
On the other end of the court, Curry hit a jump shot with a tenth of a second left to win the game. Dallas, which entered the game as the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, dropped to ninth with the loss.