NBA fans are raging after the Boston Celtics forced Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals with a controversial victory over the Miami Heat.
Derrick White scored with just 0.1 seconds left to secure a 104-103 win for the C’s after a wild finish, causing fans to label the Saturday clash as the “most rigged game in NBA history.”
NBA officials added time to the game clock after a review of Al Horford’s late foul in the controversial finish to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference FinalsCredit: Getty
The extra time allowed the Boston Celtics to make a game-winning bucket in time and tie the series with the Miami HeatCredit: Getty
Derrick White rebounded the ball and then tipped it in with 0.1 seconds left on the clock to secure the win for BostonCredit: Getty
The Celtics led for nearly the entire game before Jimmy Butler stepped up late in the fourth quarter and seemingly snatched the win from Boston’s hands.
Butler scored 13 points in under four minutes to turn a double-digit deficit into a one-point lead for Miami.
The forward fired the Heat ahead after Al Horford’s foul sent him to the free-throw line in the last seconds of the clash — a moment that would spark the most controversy.
The referees first awarded Butler two free throws with the game clock showing 2.1 seconds.
But after an unsuccessful challenge from Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla, the officials correctly ruled that the foul took place behind the 3-point line and let the Heat star shoot three freebies.
However, they also determined the illegal contact between Horford and Butler occurred earlier than the whistle was blown, adding 0.9 seconds to the clock.
That extra time allowed White to rebound the ball off Marcus Smart’s missed shot and then tip in the game-winner in time during the last possession of the night.
Countless NBA fans found the clock adjustment suspicious and voiced their concerns on social media after the wild finish of the playoff matchup.
“Horford fouls w/ 2.7-2.8. If you’re going to use replay you have to get the call right. No way it was 3.0,” one wrote.
“NBA officials worst of all leagues even with replay. Cue ‘NBA is rigged’ music. Refs keep the narrative going.”
Another tweeted: “Shooting motion began at 2.8 seconds. Rigged.”
A third said: “This is the most rigged game in NBA history. Absolute embarrassment for basketball.”
One added: “I didn’t ACTUALLY think the NBA was rigged, but in my 20 years of watching the sport I have never witnessed no s*** like what I saw last night.”
And one tweeted: “Game 6 of the 2023 ECF was the most rigged s**t I’ve ever seen. Adding .9 seconds back to the clock is literally unexplainable.”
Others also pointed out that ex-NBA star and TNT commentator Reggie Miller predicted how the game would end as he warned “be careful with a tip-in” shortly before the play resumed.
Thanks to the win, Boston is on the verge of making the most stunning playoff comeback ever.
If the Celtics win Monday’s Game 7, they’ll become the first NBA team to advance to the next round after falling 3-0 down in the series.