James Harden Gets Away With An Obvious Foul On Jeff Withey Near End of Game
Who said James Harden can’t play defense? Well, you don’t need to be able to play D if you have a couple of angels in stripes watching your back. The same can’t be said for Jeff Withey, who was pushed in the back by Harden with 25 seconds left in a 2 point game. The foul was so obvious the Rockets’ players actually stood still assuming a whistle was blown.
The refs did try to redeem themselves when they called Harden for a foul on a 3-point attempt by Rodney Hood. Unfortunately for the Jazz, the basketball Gods were still on Harden’s side and Hood missed the 3rd free throw which would have tied the game.
Although the obvious no-call on Withey could have resulted in a different outcome, the Jazz have to take the blame for losing a 15 point 3rd quarter lead and allowing Harden to get hot in the 2nd half.
Utah had no answer for Harden’s offense, including a fan who tried to use a laser pointer light while Harden was shooting free throws. The fan was ejected for trying to mess up the game; The refs were not ejected for messing up the game and they had no answers for the media after it.
Tonight's refereeing crew denied media request to comment about the controversial Withey non-call and Harden foul at the end of the game.
— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) January 5, 2016
Rockets win 93-91 and their 4 game losing streak is over.