The NBA released their “Last Two Minute” report, reviewing the calls made by officials in the final two minutes of Wednesday’s games, and the league ruled that the no-call on James Harden‘s late drive against the Memphis Grizzlies was “incorrect.”
“Randolph (MEM) makes contact across Harden’s (HOU) arm/wrist, causing him to lose the ball on the drive to the basket,” said the report.”
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With the game tied at 100 and just seconds remaining, Harden was blatantly fouled across the arms on a drive by Zach Randolph. No foul was called. Memphis quickly called timeout with 5.4 seconds left, Marc Gasol hit the game-winner with 0.1 ticks showing and that’s the way the cookie crumbled.
The game, pitting two of the top three seeds in the West against each other with a tiebreaker on the line, was huge for both squads and the lack of a call there had a significant impact on the outcome. It really wasn’t a tough “call” to make, then or now, as the video evidence shows.
Harden had plenty to say in the locker room after the play.