Celtics-Rockets Officials Made Correct Calls On James Harden, NBA Announces

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden

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The Boston Celtics’ thrilling 99-98 come-from-behind win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday wasn’t without controversy.

After cutting the lead to one with 13 seconds to play, Boston got the ball back after Rockets star James Harden was called for an offensive foul on Marcus Smart. Harden was called for another offensive foul after the Celtics took the lead, and the All-Star shooting guard ripped the officials following the game.

But as it turns out, the NBA deemed that their two-man officiating crew got both the calls correct in its “Last Two Minute Report” that was released Friday.

The NBA, however, did deem that the referees missed two critical traveling violations in that span, including one on Al Horford’s game-winning hook shot.

While the Celtics might have gotten away with one Thursday, the Rockets have only themselves to blame for blowing a 26-point lead.

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