San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)

Missed call may have hurt in close loss to Wizards

- By Connor Letourneau Connor Letourneau covers the Warriors for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email: cletournea­u@ sfchronicl­e.com Twitter: @Con_Chron

Referees missed a traveling call on Wizards guard Bradley Beal late in the Warriors’ 110107 loss to Washington on Friday night, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report.

The report indicated that Beal should’ve been whistled for a travel a few seconds before he missed a short jumper with about 23 seconds remaining. Several seconds later, Warriors guard Stephen Curry was fouled and hit two free throws to put Golden State up three.

If the travel call on Beal had been made, the Warriors would have had possession of the ball with about 25 seconds left and a onepoint lead. A few extra seconds could’ve changed some things, but they wouldn’t necessaril­y have undone the two key mistakes Golden State made down the stretch: forward Andrew Wiggins’ foul on Beal’s 3pointer with 6.1 seconds remaining, putting the

Wizards up by a point, and guard Damion Lee’s turnover with 1.2 seconds left.

According to the Last Two Minute Report, officials made every late call correctly other than that missed travel.

After the game, Lee took responsibi­lity for the loss, saying, “You try to make the right basketball play. I turned it over. I mean, that’s on me. I have to be better in those situations. I can’t cost us the game.”

However, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wasn’t willing to blame Friday’s loss on one or two mistakes.

Golden State dug an early doubledigi­t hole, gave up big performanc­es to role players Alex Len (15 points on nine shots) and Robin Lopez (seasonhigh 20 points on 14 shots), and let the Wizards retake the lead with an 111 run to close the third quarter.

Oubre update: Guard Kelly Oubre Jr. missed Saturday night’s game against the Rockets at Chase Center with a sprained left wrist.

Oubre suffered the injury midway through the second quarter of Friday’s loss to the Wizards, when he landed on his left wrist coming down on a dunk attempt. He stayed in the game and, despite being in visible discomfort, finished with 23 points on 8for13 shooting (4for8 from 3point range), two assists and six rebounds.

 ?? Jed Jacobsohn / Associated Press ?? Washington’s Bradley Beal (3) got away with a travel late in the Wizards’ victory over the Warriors on Friday, the NBA said.
Jed Jacobsohn / Associated Press Washington’s Bradley Beal (3) got away with a travel late in the Wizards’ victory over the Warriors on Friday, the NBA said.

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