"Whereas agreeing that the referees misapplied the principles, Commissioner Silver decided that the Rockets had ample time to beat the error through the the rest of the fourth quarter and two subsequent extra time intervals", the National Basketball Association mentioned in a press release on Monday.
The NBA announced today that Commissioner Adam Silver has denied the Houston Rockets protest of their 135-133 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on December 3, 2019 (Dec. 4, PHL time), following receipt by the league office of submissions from both teams and the completion of its investigation.
The dunk wasn't accepted as officials ruled basket interference after the ball went through the net with enough force to spin around the basket and bounce around the rim.More news: General election 2019: Boris Johnson criticised over reaction to sick boy image
At issue was a James Harden breakaway dunk with 7:50 remaining that would have given the Rockets a 104-89 lead. "Thus the extraordinary treatment of granting a sport protest was not warranted". After the sport, Capers acknowledged the dunk ought to have counted for 2 factors.
The league said it agreed with the Rockets that the rules were misapplied, adding that it had disciplined all three officials who were involved. The Rockets were denied the ability to challenge the call because they went past the allotted 30 seconds, however, it took the officials much longer than that to clarify the call and give the Rockets the opportunity to make the challenge.
"I'm starting to sour on it for some reason", D'Antoni said, speaking on the rule. I haven't got all of the solutions.More news: Activist Thunberg denounces "creative PR" in climate fight
Although they had a case, I knew the league wasn't interested in replaying a game, something that hasn't been done since 2008 and it had been 25 years since a replay had been done before that point last decade. I suppose it's a must to wait till one thing catastrophic occurs. "We haven't figured it out".
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.
The Rockets challenged the waved-off dunk after a timeout, but officials ruled that Houston had exceeded the 30-second time limit for challenges.More news: Over 2,000 Americans have already died from the flu this year