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NBA denies Rockets protest of James Harden blown dunk call in loss to Spurs

Houston will not get a chance to replay the rest of the game against San Antonio.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden talks with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich over a disputed basket in the second half at the AT&T Center.  Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets have been denied their protest of the blown call on a James Harden dunk in their 2OT loss to the San Antonio Spurs last week.

As the statement reads, Joel Silver blocked the protest of the 135-133 2OT loss by the Rockets to the Spurs on Dec. 3. Silver says that while the call was misapplied, the Rockets had ample time to overcome the blown dunk and win the game, therefore they are not allowed to replay the final 7:50 of the fourth quarter.

The release also states that the Rockets were denied a Coach’s Challenge of the call on the court due to the 30-second timeout having expired before Mike D’Antoni was able to challenge the call. Had the Rockets done so in the allotted timeframe, the basket interference call would have been reversed and the two points would have been awarded.

So, overall it seems like the right call by the NBA. Plus, all of this sort of had already blown over anyway since last week.