Kevin Durant says he would’ve won the game for the Warriors if he was not tripped by Richard Jefferson
With only 3.4 seconds left in Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant received the ball off an inbounds pass from Andre Iguodala. The Cavs had a one-point lead and Durant had the chance to win the game if he scored before time expirds.
After a screen on LeBron James freed him up to catch the ball, Durant found himself being guarded by Richard Jefferson. Durant quickly dribbled the ball and made his move but stumbled and was not able to put up a decent shot as he fell to the floor.
The Warriors’ star also spoke about what would have happened if he had gone down to the court, via The Undefeated:
“I would’ve made that shot if he didn’t trip me up, but they ain’t calling it on him at their crib. It’s not his fault. It’s not the refs fault, either.”
The former MVP and four-time scoring champion acknowledged the Cavaliers played their best but reaffirmed that his team should have won the game.
“I was lost in the game. I wasn’t paying attention to all that stuff. I was hooping. It was a competitive game. Both teams came with it. That’s what you want on Christmas. It was a great game. But all of the extra stuff, at the end of the day, you’re going to be who you are.
“I went out there and did what I was supposed to do as far as preparing for the game, not getting distracted by all that extra stuff. We should have won the game. I felt like we should’ve won. But we lost, we have to move on, grow from it and get better. Once you get between the lines, all the hype goes out the window. You just got to hoop.”
If there’s any silver lining to their defeat on Christmas day, they won’t have to wait a long time to get a chance to avenge their tough loss as they face the Cavs once again on January 16, this time at Oracle Arena. It will surely have a playoff atmosphere, especially because the last time the Cavs were in Oakland was when they won Game 7 of the NBA Finals.