The Houston Rockets’ 97-96, Game 3 win over the Golden State Warriors, saying James Harden’s game-winning shot should not have counted.
It was among five incorrect calls in the final two minutes, the NBA said in its assessment of officials’ late-game performance dubbed the “Last Two Minute Report.”(ESPN)
On the replay from Thursday night’s game, it appeared Harden pushed off Golden State’s Andre Iguodala before converting a 10-foot, step-back jumper with 2.7 seconds to play. The league said Harden initiated contact with Iguodala before hitting the basket.
Watkins: Harden keeps Rockets going
With a game-high 35 points, James Harden extended the Rockets’ playoff hopes by leading them past the Warriors in Game 3.
Ian Clark’s layup had put Golden State up by one with 10.6 seconds left after Shaun Livingston stole a pass from Trevor Ariza on the other end.
Harden, who finished with 35 points, then took the ball down court and stepped back for the jump shot to win it.
“The last shot was typical of what James does,” Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “The move, we’ve seen before. The finish, we’ve seen before. You do get spoiled by it at times, but in these biggest of moments, you can’t help but appreciate it.”
The NBA also said it had reviewed Green’s end-of-game conduct — in which, with one second left, he took Houston’s Michael Beasley to the ground as the Rockets were trying to inbound the ball to run out the clock — and had issued the Warriors forward a flagrant foul 1, the milder of the flagrant fouls in which the opponent would be awarded two free throws and possession of the ball.(ESPN)
The league said that the officials’ no-call on the play was incorrect and that its basketball operations office had reviewed the play, specifically the contact.