NBA says Wade wasn’t fouled on Heat’s final possession

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Dwyane Wade No.3 of the Miami Heat drives on Courtney Lee No.1 of the Charlotte Hornets during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on Thursday in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO

Dwyane Wade No.3 of the Miami Heat drives on Courtney Lee No.1 of the Charlotte Hornets during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on Thursday in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO

Despite what Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union felt about the Miami Heat’s final possession in Wednesday night’s (Thursday in Manila) Game 5 vs. the Charlotte Hornets, there was no foul on the play, according to the NBA.

With the Hornets leading 90-88, Kemba Walker blocked Goran Dragic’s three-pointer from the corner with just seven seconds left before Wade recovered the deflection. He went to the hole where two Hornets players (Cody Zeller and Courtney Lee) converged on him and made incidental contact.

That wasn’t enough to warrant a call, per the league’s review of the final two minutes of the game.

“Zeller comes towards Wade from across the restricted area, planting his foot and jumping vertically to defend Wade’s shot. Zeller absorbs contact when it occurs and, while his arms are not completely vertical, multiple angles confirm they do not make contact with Wade,” the league wrote.


The league also addressed the apparent contact between Wade and Lee, deeming it incidental after Wade lost possession of the ball.

In any case, the Hornets stunned the Heat for their first road playoff victory since 2002 to take a 3-2 series lead. Charlotte can close out Miami on Friday night in Game 6.

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