Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

James Harden's dunk vs. Spurs should have counted, refs confirm

James Harden's dunk vs. Spurs should have counted, refs confirm

Can't do that. You know, I don't know, to answer your question.

Houston, however, were on the wrong end of a refereeing blunder earlier in the fourth quarter that turned out to be pivotal.

Soon after the game, referee crew chief James Capers admitted to reporters that the dunk should have counted.

I'm not buying that, even though the timing issue is likely what the league falls back on to retain the game's outcome. This sounds like Capers trying to cover for his guys.

But in a confusing twist, Capers said the Rockets were unable to review the basket interference call because the 30-second time limit on coaches challenges had expired. Since the game ultimately went to overtime, those two points were very much impactful. Bottom line, both teams had multiple chances to win this game, and the Spurs simply got it done.

The Houston Rockets suffered a controversial 135-133 defeat by the San Antonio Spurs in Texas after a James Harden dunk was incorrectly ruled out. They lost defensive focus.

The two former MVPs combined for a lacklustre 18-68 from the field on the night. And there's no way you can guarantee Houston would've won that game had that basket counted. Walker finished with a career-high 28 points and scored 18 of those points in the fourth quarter - including eight straight to close the game and force overtime. He also had nine rebounds, six assists and four steals.

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"He is the most athletic player on this team", DeRozan said.

Anthony Davis did just that. "He was just going out there playing with his will and ability and he got it going". However, it was his defensive plays late that earned the Lakers the win: There was a stuff block of Nikola Jokic, but more impressive was when Davis twice got switched onto point guard Jamal Murray late and was able to stay in front of the speedy guard and force him into bad shots. They were robbed of two points there and given the final score, it could have swung the tide towards their way.

"That's who he is, he's the leader of the team", Walker said.

Elsewhere Tuesday, an overtime scoring spree from Jimmy Butler helped the Miami Heat to a 121-110 victory over the National Basketball Association champion Toronto Raptors in Toronto.

Capela had 22 points and 21 rebounds, and Austin Rivers and Russell Westbrook added 19 points each for Houston.

This is what Miami needs from Butler. Then I didn't get a response. More games like this will mean more wins.

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