NBA: Dwight Howard’s 6th foul was incorrect call

NBA: Dwight Howard’s 6th foul was incorrect call

Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) attempts a free throw during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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The Associated Press

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 4:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA says the call that resulted in Houston’s Dwight Howard fouling out Sunday was incorrect. Instead, the All-Star center should have received two free throws that could have given the Rockets the lead.

Howard was called for his sixth foul with 10.8 seconds left in overtime while trying to get the rebound of James Harden’s missed 3-pointer. Portland’s Joel Freeland made one free throw, the final point in the Trail Blazers’ 122-120 victory.

But replay showed Freeland with an arm around Howard’s back holding him. NBA president of operations Rod Thorn says in a statement Monday the foul should have been on Freeland.

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