An excellent Knicks-Rockets game Monday night was canceled by a controversial foul on Knicks guard Jalen Brunson with 0.3 seconds remaining.
Rockets guard Aaron Holiday attempted a punch from beyond the arc with the score tied at 103. After releasing the ball, Brunson made minimal contact on Holiday’s descent, prompting the referees to put their stamp on the game with an unnecessary whistle.
The Rockets won 105-103.
The call spoiled an otherwise stellar effort from Bunson. Moments earlier, he had tied it with a step-back jumper over Rockets small forward Dillon Brooks.
The sixth-year Knicks guard finished with 27 points, his 14th straight game with at least 20 points, but Monday’s game will be remembered most for its controversial ending.
This isn’t just unfortunate for Brunson. It’s also a disservice to the Rockets, who played well enough to have a chance to win in overtime.
Houston was efficient attacking the paint, finishing 24 of 33 on shot attempts from 0-4 feet from the rim. The Rockets were also active defensively, harassing the Knicks into 17 turnovers.
Rookie Amen Thompson was a key contributor, finishing with a season-high five interceptions. Brooks also made six of his seven three-point attempts.
This is the third consecutive defeat for the Knicks (33-21, fourth in the Eastern Conference). The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Rockets (24-29, 12th in the Western Conference), who sit 2.5 games behind the Warriors in 10th in the conference.
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