But we might have told a different story if the game featured correct officiating down the stretch.
Harden (HOU) makes contact with Walker’s (CHA) arm that affects his driving shot attempt.
Not only did the missed call rob Walker – who’s shooting 83% from the line this season and 82% for his career – of two free throws, it sparked a Houston fastbreak. With Walker down, Harden pushed the ball ahead and used the Rockets’ 5-on-4 advantage and his individual mismatch to get a layup.
That’s potentially a four-point swing.
Houston’s lead once Charlotte began intentionally fouling? Three.