NBA: Hawks and
Heat to replay final seconds of December's game
The Atlanta Hawks and Miami
Heat were ordered by NBA to replay final 51.9 seconds after bad
call on Shaq.
NBA has ordered the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat to replay
the final 51.9 seconds of their last month game. The Hawks won
117-111 at home in overtime on December 19th, but NBA ordered a
replay of the final seconds this Friday, stemming from a wrong
call on Shaquille O'Neal. During overtime Atlanta was leading on
Miami 112-111, when a foul was called on Shaq and the scoring
table personnel, who are provided by the home team, ruled it was
O'Neal's sixth foul, when actually it was only his fifth.
According to the NBA, the mistake was made when a foul was
called on Udonis Haslem with 3:24 remaining in the fourth
quarter, but that foul was mistakenly credited to Shaquille
O'Neal at the scoring table. The replay will have to occur
before the two teams next scheduled game on March 8th.
"Because of this conduct by Atlanta's
personnel, Miami suffered a clear competitive disadvantage, as
O'Neal, the Heat's second-leading scorer and rebounder that
night, was removed from a one-point game with only 51.9 seconds
remaining," read the official statement by the NBA. This
ruling is the first time the league sends teams back to replay
time since 1982 when the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles
Lakers were called back on the court.