Rockets protest denied pic.twitter.com/JyIbLJXDLT— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) December 9, 2019
As the statement reads, Joel Silver blocked the protest of the 135-133 2OT loss by the Rockets to the Spurs on Dec. 3. Silver says that while the call was misapplied, the Rockets had ample time to overcome the blown dunk and win the game, therefore they are not allowed to replay the final 7:50 of the fourth quarter.
The release also states that the Rockets were denied a Coach’s Challenge of the call on the court due to the 30-second timeout having expired before Mike D’Antoni was able to challenge the call. Had the Rockets done so in the allotted timeframe, the basket interference call would have been reversed and the two points would have been awarded.
So, overall it seems like the right call by the NBA. Plus, all of this sort of had already blown over anyway since last week.