NBA News: James Harden’s game-winner for the Houston Rockets not counted?

NBA News: James Harden’s game-winner for the Houston Rockets not counted?

After a one-point win against the Warriors, James Harden’s last shot that gave the Houston Rockets their first victory in the playoff series is now in the middle of the controversy after a foul play had been observed before the ball was released.

According to a report at USA Today, the play, which is marked “INC” denoting an incorrect non-call, has an explanatory comment which reads: “Harden initiates contact with Iguodala to create space and dislodges him from his legal guarding position.”

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Here is the video of the last seconds in Game 3 of the playoff series between the Golden State Warriors:

After Ian Clark made a fast break points for the Warriors, James Harden brought the ball down to their side and made a step back jumper 2.7 seconds remaining in the game. However, upon review of the officials, they had seen a contact made by Harden, which seemed like a push, to Andre Iguodala that was said to be an offensive foul.

The shot gave the Rockets a one-point lead 97-96 with 2.7 seconds remaining. Kerr called a timeout after but failed to answer Harden’s step back jumper making the series close to 2-1.

Many people noticed the reaction of the Houston Rockets’ bench after the game-winning shot by Harden and some speculated that they were also expecting that an offensive foul would be called so they did not celebrate after the shot.

However, the review of the officials could not change the result of the game and the Warriors-Rockets playoff series is now 2-1.

It was the second game the Warriors superstar Stephen Curry did not play after suffering from an ankle injury in the first half of Game 1. However, Steve Kerr and the whole Golden State Warriors were hoping the Curry would be available to play in Game 4.

Game 4 of the playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets will be on Sunday at Toyota Center.

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Video courtesy: Youtube/NBA