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NBA: Refs' call at end of Bulls-Nuggets game was correct


Posted Nov 11 2009 8:46PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA said the review that overturned a winning shot by Chicago's Brad Miller was correct and handled appropriately.

Referees looked at video replay for about 3 minutes before determining that Miller's shot came after the final buzzer, giving Denver a 90-89 victory Tuesday night. Though a review is supposed to be completed in a two-minute period, crew chief Mark Wunderlich then asked the truck if there were any additional angles.

He was provided with the overhead view that showed the ball was still on Miller's fingertips at the buzzer.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank says Wednesday "the replay was handled by the book and the referee made the right decision," adding there was no issue with the officials taking extra time.

Nuggets coach George Karl said he appreciates having instant replay and that he had no problems with what seemed like an "8-minute wait" before the final decision.

"Losing is so painful, when you win a game and lose [it] because of a technicality, I think it's better we don't do that, we don't put that stress, that frustration on teams and on coaches and toward referees," Karl said Wednesday night before Denver faced the Milwaukee Bucks.

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