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Rockets Bettors Suffer Brutal Bad Beat With Blown Call on James Harden Dunk vs Spurs

Max Staley
James Harden argues a call with the referees against the Dallas Mavericks.
James Harden argues a call with the referees against the Dallas Mavericks. / Tim Warner/Getty Images
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Last night, Houston Rockets bettors suffered one of the most frustrating losses of the season. Leading the San Antonio Spurs, 102-89, James Harden stole the ball with under eight minutes left and dribbled down the court for a wide open dunk.

Harden threw down the slam, but the ball somehow got caught in the net, wrapped around the hoop and popped back out. The ball inarguably went through the hoop, and should've counted as a basket, but the refs inexplicably ruled otherwise.

The Spurs, who were 7-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, then rallied back and went on to win the game, 135-133, in double overtime. But if that basket had counted, the Rockets seemingly win the game in regulation – by those two points.

Houston Rockets Protest

Of course, it's hard to say that this call alone swung this game, but it certainly didn't help matters. In fact, the Rockets are apparently hoping that the NBA reviews the matter and either deems that Houston won in regulation, or orders that the final 7 minutes and 50 seconds be replayed.

It seems unlikely that the NBA will cave to either of those demands, and that this result ultimately stands. If that's the case, then Rockets' bettors will have suffered one of the strangest and worst bad beats of the year.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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