With the Houston Rockets trailing the Portland Trail Blazers 121-120 with 10.8 seconds to play in overtime, Rockets’ center Dwight Howard was called for a foul while going for a rebound.
It looked like Blazers’ big man Joel Freeland fouled Howard but Howard was called for a foul instead.
Freeland made one of two free throws on the other end and James Harden missed a jumper that would have tied the game at the buzzer.
On Monday, the NBA admitted the officials’ mistake and said Howard should have been on the free throw line.
“After video review by the league office, we have determined that the officials were incorrect in assessing a foul to the Rockets’ Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds remaining in overtime. The foul should have been called on the Blazers’ Joel Freeland and Howard should have been awarded two free throws,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said via a league press release.
Game 2 is Wednesday at 9:30 pm EST and the game is on TNT.