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Paul George thinks Giannis Antetokounmpo traveled or stepped out of bounds en route to game-winner

From NBA Twitter reports

Giannis Antetokounmpo arguably possesses the longest reach and stride in the NBA.

Oklahoma City’s Paul George thought the latter should have twice disqualified his game-winning basket on Friday night.

Milwaukee’s young star forward drove baseline in the final seconds, squeezed past Thunder swingman Josh Huestis and dunked over Russell Westbrook with 0.9 seconds remaining to put the Bucks up 97-95. Later on Twitter, George rose a social media eyebrow over two potential non-calls, wondering aloud if Antetokounmpo had stepped out of bounds or traveled en route to the points that proved the difference.

Westbrook was less direct, telling reporters “it’s over now, so it don’t matter.”

In the pool reporter interview after the game, NBA Crew Chief Derrick Stafford explained why Antetokounmpo’s drive was not reviewable despite the possible non-calls.

“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.”

This would be the third high-profile questioning of late-game officiating in the past week. LeBron James complained of two late-game fouls by Kevin Durant that went uncalled in Cleveland’s Christmas day loss to the defending champion Warriors. James Harden was displeased with consecutive offensive fouls that helped Boston cap off a 26-point comeback victory over the Rockets on Thursday.

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