NBA: Officials missed last-second foul at Utah

By The Associated Press Modified: April 7, 2010 at 6:28 pm •  Published: April 7, 2010
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NEW YORK — The NBA announced Wednesday officials missed a foul in the final seconds of Utah's overtime victory over the Thunder the previous night.

“On the final play of last night's Oklahoma City-Utah game, the officials missed a foul committed by the Jazz's C.J. Miles on the Thunder's Kevin Durant during a 3-point shot attempt,” NBA president of league and basketball operations Joel Litvin said in a statement.

Deron Williams' jumper with 1.1 seconds left in the overtime gave the Jazz a 140-139 lead and Miles clinched the win with a block on Durant's shot at the buzzer. Durant believed he was fouled and he and several teammates stayed on the court pleading for a call that never came before the officials were escorted to the tunnel by security.

Utah played in Houston on Wednesday night.

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan could not recall a specific instance when the league acknowledged an officiating mistake after the fact, but he's sure it's happened before.

“That's part of basketball,” Sloan said. “I don't think you can spend all your time worrying about that. Once it's over, you might be upset a little bit at the moment, but life goes on. You can't do anything about it.”

Sloan said he's put the ending and the controversial ending behind him.

“I don't know if it benefits you to continue to harp on it, or talk about it,” he said. “The job now is to forget about that, and that's what you try to teach guys. Forget about the game last night, ‘cause you're going to have to play a different team in a different setting, different situation.”