“After seeing it during postgame review, the offensive player was able to return to a normal playing position on the floor,” NBA official (and crew chief) Ed Malloy said late Monday. “The contact which occurred after the release of the ball therefore is incidental and marginal to the shot attempt, and should not have been called.”
Holiday then made two free throws to win the game for Houston (24-29), sending the Knicks (33-21) to a third straight loss.
“In live action, it was felt that the lower body contact was illegal contact,” Malloy said in his postgame remarks.
Malloy, however, now says the call was in error.
Whatever the case, there is no recourse available for New York to challenge the result. The Knicks did not have a replay challenge left, since they already used one unsuccessfully on an earlier play.
Jalen Brunson was called for a foul on this play 👀
Rockets win off free throws 😳 pic.twitter.com/Pn7hZR43lU
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