OKLAHOMA CITY—Even though he stepped out of bounds on the play, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s basket with 1.3 seconds left counted, and that’s all that mattered to the Milwaukee Bucks.Antetokounmpo scored 23 points – including what proved to be a questionable game-winning basket which he scored over Russell Westbrook- and the Bucks ended Oklahoma City’s six-game winning streak, beating the Thunder 97-95 on Friday night.Replays clearly showed Antetokounmpo stepped on the baseline on his drive. After a desperation heave by Westbrook fell short, Thunder coach Billy Donovan and several of his players pleaded for a review, but officials Derek Stafford, Ben Taylor and Leon Wood refused. Stafford later told a pool reporter that the play wasn’t reviewable.
”In any reviewable matter, there has to be a whistle called on the floor,” Stafford said. ”There was no whistle blown for the play, so we couldn’t review it.”
Donovan said the official told him they couldn’t’ review the play.Antetokounmpo said he hadn’t yet seen the replay and wasn’t aware that he’d stepped out of bounds.
”It was his ball to come up with a play for himself or make a play for someone else and we did the right thing,” Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said of Antetokounmpo’s basket. ”I don’t understand the whole protest. I can only worry about the score and then them trying to put time on the clock, getting the guys prepared to have a last-second play.”