clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

James Harden dunk taken away by refs in 2OT loss to Spurs [VIDEO]

Rockets star slams down breakaway dunk but ball flies up and hits rim, causing refs to disallow key two points.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden goes up for a dunk in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

There was some controversy in the NBA on Tuesday night during the Houston Rockets’ 2OT thriller vs. the San Antonio Spurs. James Harden appeared to have a breakaway dunk — which he put home — but the ball flew up and onto the rim, causing the refs to believe it was a missed two-pointer.

The Rockets were up 104-89 at the time, so had the game been a 17-point contest rather than 15 doesn’t matter as much in the grand scheme of things. But considering the game went to two OTs, those two points would have sealed the win for Houston.

Apparently now there are reports going around that the NBA may look at this and the Rockets are hopeful something gets done, per ESPN.

As for fantasy, well, it was another huge night for Harden after the two extra periods. He finished with 50 points, nine rebounds and six assists with four steals for 78.25 fantasy points on DraftKings. He returned his price tag of $12,500, which was his highest of the season so far.

Clint Capela ($7,800) also had a monster game with 22 points and 21 boards for 58.25 DKFP. Russell Westbrook ($8,800) also saved face due to OT, finishing with a triple-double on 19-10-10 for 55 DKFP.

UPDATE: A new wrinkle has been added to this saga.

Apparently the league may take action and give the Rockets the win OR the final 7:50 of the game will be replayed?! ESPN’s Tim MacMahon also tweeted the Rockets may not need to protest this play but are prepared to do so if action isn’t taken. Either way, we’ll see how this shakes out. Hold onto your butts.