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Lakers bounce back, Harden scores 50 in Rockets' loss

Walker lifts Spurs; Rockets fall in 2OT despite Harden’s 50 James Harden dunk ruled out as Houston Rockets lose to San Antonio Spurs in Texas
Cary Erickson | 04 December, 2019, 18:40

For now, the Rockets are flying to Toronto to prepare for Thursday's game, coming off what seems to be a bitter defeat in San Antonio in which they blew a 22-point lead. Harden went on to make a 3-pointer on the next possession, giving the Rockets a 105-89 advantage with 7:20 remaining.

"Another guy said it wasn't goaltending, it went out of bounds on us". Some are calling for Butler to score more and lift up the Heat offense that way, but this kind of game - where he distributes and gets others involved, then takes over when he needs to - is exactly what the Heat need out of him.

Capers said the Rockets did not ask for a review within the 30-second window that coaches can challenge calls, during which time they were arguing and asking for clarification. I said I challenge that.

"I don't know, to answer your question. I didn't get an explanation".

"The ball appears to us to pop back up through the net".

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Walker had 18 points in the fourth quarter, including eight straight to close the period and force overtime. It most recently occurred on March 8, 2008, when the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks replayed the final 51.9 seconds of a game the Heat had won, 117-111, in overtime four months earlier. Per ESPN's Tim McMahon, the Rockets are optimistic that the league will take action as it pertains to the missed call, either retroactively awarding the win to Houston or ordering that the final 7:50 of game time be replayed. San Antonio guard Lonnie Walker IV scored a career-high 28 points to beat Houston, 135-133.

Capela had 22 points and 21 rebounds, and Austin Rivers and Russell Westbrook added 19 points each for Houston.

In contrast, Bryn Forbes went 10-of-13 to finish with 25 points for San Antonio. This is clearly a good basket, which, as you can see in the tweet below, crew chief James Capers admitted after the game. The second came against DeRozan with 0.8 seconds remaining, sealing San Antonio's victory. When that happens, that is basket interference. He dunked it so hard that the net carried it back over the rim a second time, so in fact it did clear the net and should have been a successful field goal.

Prior to Tuesday's tilt, there had been only three instances of a player shooting worse than 40% from the field while still scoring 50 or more points.

Capers said that the play was reviewable, but the Rockets eclipsed the 30 second window for challenging the play.