NBA 26/04/2018, 09.43 Video
Victor Oladipo said that LeBron James’ block on him with 3 seconds left in the game with the score tied at 95, was goaltending.
Per ESPN, With the score tied at 95, Oladipo -- who shot just 2-of-15 in the Game 5 matchup -- drove the left side and was at the rim when James swooped in for a block on a play reminiscent of his Game 7 block on Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.
However, Oladipo thought his shot hit the backboard first and that goaltending should have been called. TV replays showed the ball appeared to hit the glass before James touched it.
"I got a step on him, and I felt I even got grabbed," said Oladipo, who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. "It hit the backboard and he blocked it. It was a goaltend. It's hard to even speak on it. That layup is huge."
James, who had 44 points and finished two assists shy of a triple-double, smiled when asked about the play.
"I definitely thought it was a goaltend," James said with a laugh. "Of course I didn't think it was a goaltend. I try to make plays like that all the time and I mean he made a heck of a move, got me leaning right and he went left and I just tried to use my recovery speed and get back up there and make a play on the ball. And I was able to make a play."
The play was never reviewed, as a ref's whistle is required in order to trigger a review.