The Spurs won their 10th straight game on Friday, beating the Rockets in a contest that came down a highly controversial Tim Duncan block on James Harden.
With San Antonio leading by a single point and only a few seconds remaining, James Harden got all the way to the rim before being met by Tim Duncan, who blocked his layup attempt to preserve the Spurs’ victory.
The play gave the NBA another opportunity to institute their new review policy — the league determined Duncan’s play to be a clean block, and one that was legal at the same time.
Duncan jumps vertically on Harden’s layup attempt and cleanly blocks the shot. There is contact after the blocked shot, but because the shot is already blocked, the contact is incidental and deemed to have no impact on the shot attempt.