The NBA announced on Monday that it was denying the Houston Rockets’ protest of their double overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs last week.
The Rockets had initiated the protest on the back of a James Harden breakaway dunk with 7:50 remaining that appeared to whip through the net and back over the rim before bouncing off, with the officiating crew mistakenly ruling as a result that Harden had missed the dunk and then compounding the mistake by denying Mike D’Antoni a chance to challenge the call.
Houston argued in its appeal that the uncounted dunk was a misapplication of the rules resulting in an incorrect score and not merely a judgement call by the referees.
The NBA apparently agreed, but ruled that the Rockets had sufficient time to correct 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.”
All three officials from the game have also been disciplined.
Houston did not comment on the decision.