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Referee breaks up Rockets pass in crunch time (video)

A lot went wrong late for the Rockets, who surrendered a 20-2 run to close a 98-90 loss to the Grizzlies last night.

But this was probably the most infuriating moment for Houston.

Referee Karl Lane stepped between a pass from James Harden to Eric Gordon and deflected the ball out of bounds, resulting in a turnover.

That was the right call after Lane’s initial miscue, but he clearly crept in too far. Referees have to know that the Rockets space the floor by spotting up well beyond the 3-point arc.