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NBA: 1 missed, 1 incorrect call at end of Wizards-Rockets

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NBA: 1 missed, 1 incorrect call at end of Wizards-Rockets

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.

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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. 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.

You can listen to the episode right here: