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Last two minute report: Warriors benefited twice vs. Spurs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Warriors’ come-from-behind 124-120 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on Tuesday night was arguably their most impressive of the season.

In fact, it even had historic implications.

Playing without five of their top six scorers, third-year guard Jordan Poole led the shorthanded bunch back from a 17-point deficit. He nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer to secure the win, a victory oozing in optimism regarding the long-term future of the franchise.

While celebrating the win, it’s also noteworthy the Dubs benefited from a pair of non-calls on the road. 

In the NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report” on the game released Wednesday, the league highlighted a pair of non-calls that, if whistled, would’ve changed the outcome of the game.

The first, and more egregious missed call — a traveling violation on Poole.

Dejounte Murray gave San Antonio a 118-117 lead with 1:02 to play. Poole took the ball across half court on the ensuing possession and attacked the hoop, putting the Warriors back on top with a layup. However, Poole took an extra step in the restricted area which, the report indicates, should have wiped off the bucket. Gregg Popovich and the Spurs bench pleaded to officials for a whistle.

That would’ve given the Spurs the basketball back, leading by one, with 53 seconds left.

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With eight ticks remaining on the clock, Spurs forward Devin Vassell chucked up a 3-point attempt and missed. The league reports Juan Toscano-Anderson tugged at the jersey of Keldon Johnson while boxing out for the rebound.

The foul would have resulted in two free-throw attempts for Johnson, which could have tied the game.

Of course, mistakes are made by officials every night in the NBA. Those two missed calls don’t take anything away from the Warriors’ flock of young players in that encouraging victory. 

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Source: Yahoo Sports

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