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Rockets considering protest over James Harden dunk not counting

04 December 2019

Replays backed him up and James Capers, the officiating crew chief, admitted that the basket should have counted.

Lonnie Walker IV helped make sure of that.

Referees missed a call late in the San Antonio Spurs' double overtime win against the Houston Rockets, denying Rockets star James Harden of a slam dunk in the fourth quarter. The exhilarating game, however, was marred with controversy when James Harden's freaky dunk in the fourth quarter was waived off by officials.

"The ball went in", Harden said postgame, recalling what he told the officials in the play's aftermath.

Almost four hours after what had been a 7:30 tipoff, Mike D'Antoni couldn't have done a worse job of hiding how he felt as he leaned against the wall adjacent to the visitors' locker room. The botched call crushed Houston's momentum. Capela appeared to step on Harden trying to save the ball.

DeRozan was 3 for 4 on free throws in the final 30 seconds.

Yet it was the Spurs who edged a thrilling duel 135-133 after two periods of overtime.

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"It was confidence", Walker said.

There is precedent for replaying part of a game, according to ESPN.

"I don't know, to answer your question".

"We have since come in here and looked at the play".

Spurs: Walker's previous career highs were 16 points against Denver on April 3 and 26 minutes against Golden State on February 6 (Feb. 7, PHL time). Get up to 600+ out of market games with NBA League Pass. Sign up today for a free 7-day trial!

During his recent 60-point game against the Atlanta Hawks, Harden went to the free-throw line 23 times, making 20 of them.

Asked about the call after the game, D'Antoni was at a loss. "He got us this win". For now, the Rockets are flying to Toronto to prepare for Thursday's game, coming off what seems to be a bitter defeat in San Antonio in which they blew a 22-point lead. He also had nine rebounds, six assists and four steals.

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We say "missed" because there's not really a better way to describe it. "So, hopefully, we're starting to figure that out". Forbes had 25 points before fouling out with 48.5 seconds remaining the second overtime.

Houston are fifth in the Western Conference and San Antonio 12th, after their eighth win of the season. Harden's runner bounded off the backboard and rim as the first overtime ended.

The Spurs went on a 10-2 run to close the deficit to eight points after Harden's mishap.

Rockets: Harden remained in the game after tweaking his left ankle and tumbling to the court with 5:26 remaining.

Harden is often judged for his style of play.

Spurs: Walker's previous career highs were 16 points against Denver on April 3 and 26 minutes against Golden State on February 6.

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.

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Rockets considering protest over James Harden dunk not counting