The Houston Rockets hope the NBA will take action after referees failed to count a James Harden dunk during their 135-133 double-overtime loss at the San Antonio Spurs.
The Rockets would like the league office to either award the victory to them due to Houston outscoring the Spurs during regulation or order that the final seven minutes and 50 seconds be replayed at a later date.
Harden had a breakaway dunk with 7:50 remaining in the game that would have given the Rockets a 104-89 lead. The ball went through the net and back over the rim before bouncing off with the referees mistakenly ruling that he missed the dunk.
"When the play happened, Harden goes in for a dunk, and then the ball appears to us to pop back through the net," crew chief James Capers told a pool reporter. "When that happens, that is basket interference. To have a successful field goal, it must clear the net. We have since come in here and looked at the play. He dunked it so hard that the net carried it back over the rim a second time, so in fact it did clear the net and should have been a successful field goal.
"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."