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Rockets win, make playoffs on Harden three, ridiculous Jermaine O’Neal goaltend (VIDEO)

Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 09: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates a shot at the buzzer to defeat the Phoenix Suns 101-98 at the Toyota Center on April 9, 2013 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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This may be the most ridiculous ending to a game this season.

Not what the Rockets did — with seven seconds left in a 98-98 game they went to the old “isolate your best player out high” and James Harden dribbled it out then pulled up for a three. Which was short and bounced high. It looked like overtime.

Then Jermaine O’Neal inexplicably knocked the bounce off the rim. It was goaltending, on a shot that very likely bounces out anyway, but the referees review it, make the right call and the Rockets win.

Combine that with the Jazz loss and the Rockets lock up a playoff spot for the first time since 2009. Making the dance for a team that shook things up and got Harden just as the season started is a great first step. Enjoy the champagne and celebrate a little, Houston.