Why is there no Last Two Minute Report for the Heat’s loss to the Nuggets?

Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic (15) attempts to inbound the ball against Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Miami. The Nuggets defeated the Heat 116-113. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

MIAMI — There was a controversial moment involving the officiating toward the end of the Heat’s 116-113 loss to the Nuggets on Sunday.

But don’t expect the NBA to release Monday a Last Two Minute Report on the contest. The NBA only puts out the report for games in which one team’s lead over the other is five points or fewer at the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter or any overtime period.

With two minutes to play Sunday, the Nuggets led 110-104. Even though Miami eventually trimmed Denver’s lead to one point with 10 seconds remaining, the fact that the Nuggets led by six points with two minutes to play means the contest does not qualify for the Last Two Minute Report.

What is the call in question that the report could have helped to clarify?

The Heat contended that Nuggets center Nikola Jokic traveled as he attempted to inbound a pass with 10.8 seconds to play and the Nuggets hanging on to a 114-113 lead, and the travel was not called. If the travel had been called, the Heat would have gained possession with 10.8 seconds to play and trailing by just one.

“I’m actually surprised he didn’t make the call. … The first one definitely looked like he traveled,” coach Erik Spoelstra said Sunday of lead official Ron Garretson. “But again as I say that it’s not on just that. I’m just surprised that it wasn’t called — the first one. I think the first one was pretty apparent.”

Instead Jokic was forced to call two 20-second timeouts as he attempted find an open teammate on the inbounds pass. The Nuggets finally got the ball in play on the third try and Jamal Murray hit two free throws with 9.5 seconds remaining to extend Denver’s lead to three points.

From there, Heat guard Josh Richardson was forced to throw a 3-pointer up as time expired in attempt to send the game to overtime. But Richardson missed the shot.

“C’mon man, he walked. He walked,” Heat center Hassan Whiteside said Sunday of Jokic. “I don’t want to speak on it too much because the NBA loves fining people a lot of money, so I’m going to keep my money. But there’s a reason why y’all asked that.”

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