NBA affirms calls of late Harden fouls on Smart

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The NBA’s “Last Two Minutes Report” confirmed that the offensive fouls drawn by Boston’s

An injury to referee Mark Lindsay left Thursday’s Rockets-Celtics game one official short, drawing the ire of James Harden, who said having only two refs “changes the dynamic of the game.”

The Boston Celtics battled with the Houston Rockets on the second night of a back-to-back, shutting down James Harden when it mattered most.

Referee Mark Lindsay hurt his back during pregame warm-ups Thursday, leaving only referees Tony Brothers and Gediminas Petraitis to call the Rockets-Celtics game in Boston.

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In both instances, the report states that, “Harden dislodges Smart from his legal guarding position.”

Harden vented about the officiating after Houston blew a 26-point lead in the Rockets’ fourth consecutive loss. He specifically questioned how the league could allow a game to be officiated with a two-man crew, which occurred because referee Mark Lindsay injured his back during pregame warmups, leaving Tony Brothers and Gediminas Petraitis to work the game between two of the league’s top teams.

“First of all, I want to know, how do you only have two officials on a national TV game? That’s the first question,” said Harden, who had 34 points, shooting 7-of-27 from the floor and 15-of-15 from the free throw line.

Harden’s first offensive foul allowed Boston to take its only lead of the game with 3.7 seconds to play. The second prevented Houston from having more than a last-second heave after Boston rallied from 26 points down for a 99-98 triumph at TD Garden.

“A lot of grabbing, a lot of holding,” Harden said. “I mean, how else am I supposed to get open? Guy has two arms wrapped around my whole body.” Added Harden: “It’s just tough. You can’t have two officials in a professional game. There’s a lot of no-calls that need to be called, because that changes the dynamic of the game.”

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