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Pelicans-Rockets nearly had a very screwed-up ending (video)

Anthony Davis, Alexis Ajinca, James Harden

Anthony Davis, Alexis Ajinca, James Harden

AP

His Pelicans down two to the Rockets, Eric Gordon intentionally missed a free throw with 1.7 seconds left.

Then, everything went haywire.

Dante Cunningham just took multiple steps behind the baseline and then jumped up to save the ball, as if that were in any way allowed. By rule, Cunningham is considered out of bounds, because that’s where his feet were last established. So, as soon as he touched the ball, even though he was in the air, it should have been ruled out of bounds and Houston ball. Somehow, the refs missed that.

Then, Miller passed to Tyreke Evans while the clock just stopped at 0.3 seconds. That allowed Evans enough time to get off a final attempt.

Thankfully, he missed. If he made it, the replay center would still probably be trying to sort through that mess. The game would either just be ending or overtime would be tipping off any minute now.