The SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL reports that the Miami Heat will get a rare do-over.
NBA commish David Stern ruled that Miami will get to replay the final 51.9 seconds of their Dec. 19 game against the Atlanta Hawks. The Heat protested the official results of the 117-111 loss, saying there was a scoring error that affected the outcome of the game.
It’s the first time the last seconds of a game have been ordered to be replayed since 1982, when the Spurs successfully challenged a loss to the Lakers.
The Heat claimed that Shaquille O’Neal shouldn’t have been tossed out of the game, since he had only five fouls instead of six. With 3:24 left in the game, a foul was called on Udonis Haslem, and the initial game transcript marked the foul as such. But for some reason, the Hawks scoring staff revised the transcript to list Shaq as the guilty party.
After reviewing paper & video evidence, Stern decided that the Heat had a case, and took the loss off the record books. The final 51.9 will be replayed when Miami heads back to Atlanta on March 8. Stern also fined the Hawks $50,000 for the foul-up, saying the team was “grossly negligent in committing this scoring error.”
So the good news is that fans at Phillips Arena will get to enjoy some extra basketball. The bad news is that it’s the Heat & Hawks.