Houston Rockets Waiting on NBA to Take Action After Blown Call
Never a dull moment in the NBA.
A nail-biting 135-133 San Antonio Spurs double- overtime victory over the Houston Rockets has been met with heavy criticism after a James Harden dunk was left off the scoresheet. Midway through the final frame, the Rockets were up 13 points when Harden drove to the basket on a breakaway and dunked the ball into the net, but what happened immediately afterwards was remarkable and borderline unheard of.
The ball went through the hoop but was caught up in the mesh, wrapped itself around the hoop, and bounced off the rim. The ball went out of bounds and possession was awarded to the Spurs, costing the Rockets a clear basket.
Following the game, the NBA admitted the mistake, claiming the basket should have counted.
“In fact it did clear the net and should have been a successful field goal,” crew chief James Capers said after the game. “As to could the play have been reviewed, it is a reviewable matter, but you have a window of 30 seconds to challenge the play during that timeout that he had and while they were protesting the call, trying to get clarification of it, that window passed. So therefore, it elapsed, and they were not able to do it.”
The Rockets have since protested the game and are reportedly hopeful that the league will take action by either awarding the Rockets the win or allowing both sides to replay the final eight minutes of the contest at a later date.
“I heard that they said the ball hit James and went back through, so it was a goal-tend on [Harden],” explained Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni. “I challenged that, and I didn’t get a response. Then another guy said it wasn’t a goaltend; it went out of bounds on us. And I said, ‘Well, I challenge that.’ Can’t do that. You know, I don’t know, to answer your question. I’ve got nothing. I can’t tell you.”
If the NBA rules that D’Antoni did not challenge the play, the score should probably stand, but at this point, just about anything can happen.
Just your typical night around the association.