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Referee Joey Crawford interrupts Kevin Durant game-tying free throw in overtime (VIDEO)

Apr 30, 2014, 2:42 AM EDT

The Thunder didn’t lose this game just because of Joey Crawford — they were down 20 points in the third quarter to Memphis and that wasn’t on the refs — but somehow when Joey Crawford is the referee it always ends up being about Joey Crawford.

The situation was this: Oklahoma City was down two with 27.5 seconds left in overtime when going for a rebound Tony Allen went over the back of Kevin Durant and fouled him, sending Durant to the free throw line for two. Durant drains the first one, it’s now 100-99 Memphis.

Then just as Durant starts his free throw motion referee Joey Crawford blows his whistle and sprints out to stop the shot, taking the ball away from Durant. Crawford them went over to the scorers table to correct the number of team fouls on the scoreboard, yelling at the board operators. Then he returned to reset the free throw.

His rhythm blown, Durant misses the second free throw.

The final score, 100-99 Memphis.

And Crawford is in the spotlight again.

  1. antistratfordian - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    KD has been off all series. He’s even been shooting 71.8% from the free throw line through the first 5 games. So are people seriously going to blame Crawford for him missing another shot? Don’t.

    • dacapt704 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Exactly..he was 2/4 BEFORE that FT and ended up 3/6…did Crawford interrupt on those other 2 misses as well? Dont get me wrong, Joey Crawford is a hack and enjoys to thrust himself into the games but its weak sauce to blame it on him this time..

    • spthegr8 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      JoME Crawford strikes again. Kd still should have made the free throw. News Flash too JoMe….People DOOOOO NOT pay to see you. Just do your job and stealing the Spotlight is not in your job description. IJS!!!!!

    • brookwell2013 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Joey Crawford is a buffoon….he has some major mental defects that make him believe that he is the reason the game is being played…..can we please retire this cartoon of a referee? Please?

  2. coltzfan166 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    Were there any ejections for singing???

  3. bballhistorian - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    What Joey did was unnecessary. He couldve waited for the next timeout to fix that issue. Im not even an OKC fan, but I can understand if OKC fans were outraged.

    Now that Ive said that, Memphis shouldve already won this series 4-1. They gave that last game away.

    • antistratfordian - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:39 AM

      Outraged? That’s a little overboard. Durant was still given the time to prepare to shoot his free throw. It should have been no more difficult than his first one, which he made.

      • markdamack - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        Yeah, how many minutes did it take between his forth free throw and his fifth? What, 15 minutes? He hit that one. I don’t but this “it threw his rhythm off” bs. What Crawford did was stupid, but it didn’t lose them the game.

  4. coltzfan166 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    *smiling I meant

  5. pharohislife - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    The Turtle strikes once again.

    • rodyaugu - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      Listen to me!

  6. ranfan12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    Joey Crawford on meds? He seem awfully chill these playoffs when players approach him all fast like lol. Guess he’s saving it for the spurs

  7. ljl2 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    So, Crawford did his job as he’s supposed to. Durant didn’t do his. Let’s blame Crawford?

    • mogogo1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      His job could have easily been done without interrupting a free throw attempt.

    • bigmeechy74 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      how does a comment this dumb get 25 thumbs up…

  8. titansbro - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:20 AM


    • heat256 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      Yeah, because the NBA really wants to see the MVP in KD get bounced out of the first round. If you’re going to troll, at least do it with some panache.

  9. phillyguyindc - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    The reffing during the first round has been surprisingly even from what I’ve seen (other than this blunder). Hope this continues for the rest of the playoffs.

  10. rodyaugu - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    That’s Joey.

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Can you imagine if LeBron……..oh what’s the use?

    • dacapt704 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Durant goes to the line a ton more than LBJ so what’s your point? Bron goes to the hole like a freight train and gets no calls while Durant launches jump shots but lives at the line…try again on your conspiracy theory

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Don’t think you got my point. Which, I think, proves my point.

      • deeballer - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        Wow, that guy is super clueless.

    • miamatt - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      You beat me to it.

      I thought it was messed up when it happened live, but you still have to make the free throw. Nobody would cut LBJ any slack if it was him at the line in that situation.

  12. canadatude - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    The refs should wear curly wigs and red noses. They have acted like clowns a lot during the playoffs.
    Perhaps they could be fined for awful calls like the players are for infractions.

  13. misremembered72 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    announcers are right about it interrupting the game flow and kd’s momentum.

    I was in a bowling league and one of the jokes was that when two people in lanes next to each other stand up to bowl at the same time (you never go at the same time as the person in the lane next to you, its distracting) you always let the other person go first. It messes with their head and they more often than not throw an average or below average roll.

    Not saying its completely the same as this, but timing and rhythm are everything, its kind of messed up that it always has to be about joey

  14. rodyaugu - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM


  15. flyrocket31 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    How is he still allowed to ref any games, especially playoff ones? .

  16. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Yeah, everyone’s blaming Crawford for the miss; but if he didn’t stop the game and Durant still missed, EVERYONE would be saying that KD was distracted by the scoreboard in the upper back corner of the gym reading 4 team fouls instead of 5.

    I mean COME ON PEOPLE! You can’t have it both ways!

    (nobody tell dacapt704 I’m just kidding around)

  17. thraiderskin - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    What’s do the rules say in that situation? If there is a scoring error, when is it to be corrected once the referee notices it? That is how I would proceed with blame.

  18. holleywood9 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Fire Crawford

  19. earpaniac - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Durant should’ve still made it, but Crawford is a horrible ref, and thinks people come to see him.

  20. savvybynature - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    As a Spurs fan, I of course despise Joey Crawford (he did eject Duncan for laughing on the bench, I mean, c’mon. That’s the worst ejection in the history of the league).
    But on this? I don’t see the big deal. Durant hadn’t even began his shooting motion when he was stopped. He said after the game it didn’t make a difference. Crawford was right to make sure the scoreboard was correct after all.
    Seems like the media is just trying to coddle Durant and come up with some excuse for him tbh.

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