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The NBA has a wild history of successful game protests


In the Western Conference of the NBA, where only three games separate seeds No. 4 and No. 12, each set counts.

To the Dallas Mavericks, and team governor Mark Cuban, make that every bucket.

The Mavs fell to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, 127-125, in a game that pushed Dallas into the No. 9 seed, tied with the Los Angeles Lakers and just a half-game ahead of fellow contenders, the Utah Jazz. . and the New Orleans Pelicans.

But the Mavs will file a protest of the loss, Cuban told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon on Wednesday night, after what the team believes was a referee error late in the third quarter, when confusion over which team had the Possession of the ball led to an unopposed dunk. through the center of warriors kevon looney.

Despite the fact that Cuba considers it the “Possibly the worst no-call refereeing error in NBA history”, history is not on Dallas’ side when it comes to successful protests. It’s only happened six times in NBA history, and only once in the last 41 years.

MORE: What’s next for the Mavericks protest?

November 28, 1952: Milwaukee Hawks vs. Philadelphia Warriors

The Hawks only had four eligible players left due to disqualifications, but were incorrectly allowed to bring in a fifth player. They won the game 78-77 in double overtime.

The protest resulted in the game being replayed in full on March 11, 1953, in Pittsburgh. The Warriors won 72-69…in overtime.

Known as the Phantom Buzzer Game, a buzzer was not counted after the officials disagreed as to whether the buzzer rang before the field goal occurred.

The game restarted with one second remaining and the game tied at 124. The Hawks won by five points in overtime.



Breaking down the Mavs protest over the game vs. warriors

Malika Andrews and the NBA team break down a bizarre sequence where the Mavs don’t play defense against the Warriors, resulting in two points in a game Dallas loses 127-125.

The last four seconds of this game were replayed on February 1, 1972, after the Cavaliers successfully protested that they did not receive the full benefit of a timeout.

The outcome of the game remained the same, with the Braves winning by one point.

Referee Richie Powers called Nets head coach Kevin Loughery for three technical fouls, exceeding the limit of two.

The last 17:50 of the game, which also featured Bernard King, Phil Jackson and Julius Irving, was repeated on March 23, 1979.

Here comes the fun part: These teams actually traded with each other in the span between the original game and the replay. Because of this, Eric Money, Harvey Catchings, and Ralph Simpson ended up playing for both Nets. and 76ers: the only players in NBA history take the field for both teams in the same gameaccording to ESPN Stats & Information research.

November 30, 1982: Los Angeles Lakers vs. san antonio spurs

A double lane violation was called after Norm Nixon failed to release the ball on a free kick attempt, resulting in a jump ball. It should have been a no call, and Nixon should have attempted the free throw. The Lakers won the jump between two, tied the game and won in double overtime.

Play resumed on April 13, 1983 with the Spurs leading 116-114 with three seconds left and Nixon attempting the free throw. San Antonio won the game by three points.

December 19, 2007: Miami Heat vs. atlanta hawks

Shaquille O’Neal was incorrectly ruled as having six fouls when he only had five. Play resumed on March 8, 2008, but no one scored in the 51.9-second replay from overtime.

The Hawks won, 114-111, as O’Neal didn’t play; he was traded to the Suns before play resumed.

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