Click here to Skip to main content

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.

photoTop 5: July 9
Check out the top 5 plays from day 5 of the Orlando Summer League.
photoDaily Zap: July 9
All the action from day 5 of the Orlando Summer League wrapped up in under two minutes.
photoGameTime: News and Notes
Matt Winer reports on the latest from Donald Sterling court hearing and Gregg Popovich's contract extension.
photoDay 5 From Orlando
Rick Kamla and Kendall Gill wrap up Day 5 of the Orlando Summer League, as some of the newest names in the NBA showcase their skills on the big stage.
photoGameTime: Aldridge on LeBron
David Aldridge joins the show for the latest on LeBron James' free-agency decision.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.