OKLAHOMA CITY -- The last 8:08 of the Wizards' 123-122 comeback win at the Houston Rockets had enough controversial/questionable decisions to fill a notebook but fortunately the NBA only releases a review of the last two minutes of games that are within five points in the fourth quarter and all extra time.
The gist: When Jared Dudley was awarded two free throws to break a 117 tie because Patrick Beverley was charged with a foul at 1:58, that was an "incorrect call" because Beverley and Dudley stumbled and collided and there was no grab; John Wall's miss on a driving layup with 39 seconds left was an "incorrect no call" on James Harden, who the league determined "grabs Wall's right arm, affecting his drive to the basket and shot attempt."
So basically, call this exchange even in terms of points. The Wizards had a chance at two points they didn't earn but they were denied a chance at two points. But that also would've meant Harden's sixth foul and he would've been out of the game.
The Wizards (21-24) were ahead 121-119 at that point and Wall should've been given two foul shots. If he'd made both, and including a layup by Dudley shortly after that, they'd have been up 125-119.
On both ends of the floor in the last 12 seconds, however, the league concluded that no-calls were the proper judgments.
Harden had a three-point play that drew Houston into striking range to win the game. He had a layup and made the foul shot for a 123-122 score, what proved to be the final margin, with 32 seconds left. The Wizards milked the clock on the next possession and Wall went at Harden again but missed. The NBA said Harden maintained "legal guarding position" and no whistle was the correct determination.
Harden had a chance to win the game on the next possession with five seconds left. He went at Bradley Beal and Wall came over the top to alter the arc of the shot. Dudley was in the middle of it to as he was the first defender to help Beal keep Harden from the rim.
Dudley said he could've been called for an infraction when he tried to keep Harden away from the rim with a shove but the NBA said that was OK: "The mere fact that there is hand contact, whether intentional or not, does not constitute a foul. Contact must affect the player's RSBQ to be a foul, and it does not in this case."
What's RSBQ? Rhythm, speed, balance, quickness.
And for what it's worth, Harden didn't complain or suggest that he was fouled on the final shot postgame.