You can watch that play a hundred times, and all hundred times you will see the ball clearly go through the net.
Almost four hours after what had been a 7:30 tipoff, Mike D'Antoni couldn't have done a worse job of hiding how he felt as he leaned against the wall adjacent to the visitors' locker room.
Harden played a season-high 49 minutes coming off a 60-point outing Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) over three quarters against Atlanta.
San Antonio second year player Lonnie Walker had a breakout night, dropping in a team-high 28 points.
Soon after the game, referee crew chief James Capers admitted to reporters that the dunk should have counted.
Houston coach Mike D'Antoni was irate over the call and for good reason - the Spurs were in the midst of rallying from 22-points down, eventually forcing two overtime periods and a stunning victory. The exhilarating game, however, was marred with controversy when James Harden's freakish dunk in the fourth quarter was waived off by officials. That would mean that the final 7:50 of Tuesday's game would be replayed on December 16 in Houston, prior to the state rivals' second clash of the season.
DeRozan was 3 for 4 on free throws in the final 30 seconds. If the Spurs would've been down two more points, they might have played certain possessions differently, taken different shots, etc. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich called a timeout 73 seconds into the game after the Spurs gave up consecutive baskets to Capela, including an open dunk. "We expect him to score in crunch time and make big plays and that's exactly what he did".
Running mate Russell Westbrook added 19 points of his own, but the duo's poor shooting arguably proved costly for the Rockets.
Forbes added 25 points, Jakob Poeltl had 15 rebounds, five blocks and five assists, and Rudy Gay added 14 points in 23 minutes. The referees missed this and needed to prioritize getting the call right.
Houston outscored San Antonio 7-2 in the final two minutes of overtime to force a second OT.
The Rockets may protest the game.