Published: Thu, December 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

No Replay: Rockets Lose Protest Over Blown Dunk Call

No Replay: Rockets Lose Protest Over Blown Dunk Call

Houston's argument was that the weird mistake was relevant to the final result, and thus worthy of a replay.

If the Coach's Challenge requested by Houston had been properly granted, instant replay would have shown that Harden's dunk was a successful field goal. The NBA announced Monday that it has denied the Rockets' protest over the game after a full investigation. Harden dunked the ball with so much force that it bounced out after going to the bottom of the net. While agreeing that the referees misapplied the rules, Commissioner Silver determined that the Rockets had sufficient time to overcome the error during the remainder of the fourth quarter and two subsequent overtime periods and thus the extraordinary remedy of granting a game protest was not warranted. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni protested the decision, however he missed the 30-second window to challenge the coach's problem, in line with official James Capers.

The Rockets challenged the waved-off dunk after a timeout, but officials ruled that Houston had exceeded the 30-second time limit for challenges.

Houston made a formal protest against the game and called on the league to either win or repeat the game at 10:50 am in the fourth quarter at 10:49 pm, starting at the time of the failure.

Make no mistake, the Rockets ultimately lost due to their porous defense, but in that moment, a dunk may have very well sunk a rally from the Spurs and propelled Houston to a win.

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The Rockets were leading 102-89 when officials waved off the dunk, but San Antonio rallied after the botched call.

Though the National Basketball Association disciplined three officers for misapplying the coach's problem rule and can work with the competitors committee to develop extra procedures, Silver didn't imagine that warranted the league overturning the sport's end result.

Sacramento's Buddy Hield (24) goes up for a shot as Houston's James Harden (13) defends during the Kings 119-118 win over the Rockets Monday night in Houston.

D'Antoni was unhappy that the officials were disciplined.

In response to the blunder, the league announced it would work with the competition committee "to develop additional procedures" to prevent similar mistakes. I do not understand how you employ it. They just made a mistake, I mean we all make mistakes, so I hate it.

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