Monday was a great night of hoops in the Association across the board. The San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets both secured victories, the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled out a convincing win on the road against the LA Clippers, the Golden State Warriors pulled off an emotional victory against the Utah Jazz, the Philadelphia 76ers nabbed a victory against the red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Milwaukee Bucks got a much-needed win over the Denver Nuggets.
But the game that had the basketball world talking the most was the Houston Rockets vs the New York Knicks, as it ended in controversy. With the game tied 103-103, Aaron Holiday threw up a Hail Mary, which has a last-ditch attempt to prevent the game from going to overtime.
Knicks guard Jalen Brunson closed out and made contact with Holiday, drawing a whistle from the referees and putting Holiday at the foul line to close the game out.
Holiday made two of the free throws before intentionally missing the last one, which essentially ended the game, as the clock read 0.3 ticks.
The refs instantly issued a pool report after the game, admitting that they shouldn't have made the call. However, this doesn't make fans feel any better because the outcome obviously remains the same.
(At least they didn't have to wait for the last two minute report to come out on an entirely different day.)
Ben Stiller sets Twitter ablaze following Knicks-Rockets drama
Emmy-award winning actor Ben Stiller wasn't having any of that and took to social media to vent his frustrations about the play.
The officiating had Stiller disgruntled all throughout the game, as he felt Knicks guard Jalen Brunson should've had more trips to the foul line.
Again, this is about how fans will react after a game. It makes for great entertainment, especially when someone of Stiller's status goes postal like this.
But as I've stated before, the Knicks didn't lose this game because of this one play. Basketball games are never won or lost because of simply one play.
They lost because Dillon Brooks got hot in the fourth quarter (12 points on 4-of-4 from three). And they didn't have any reason to close out on Holiday considering the time on the clock and his inability to get a normal shot off (hence the one-armed heave).