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Miami Heat Hit Reset Button

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If you’ve ever sat down to watch a Miami heat game, observed the mediocre game of big man Udonis Haslem, and said to yourself, “Well, nobody’ll ever confuse him with Shaq,” the Atlanta Hawks statistics department might be interested in speaking with you following the NBA’s decision to replay the final 51.9 seconds of December 17’s Heat-Hawks game after Shaquille O’Neal was wrongly disqualified from the game. From the AP:

The Hawks were leading 112-111 in overtime when O’Neal was called for a foul. The scoring table personnel, who are provided by the home team, ruled it was the Miami center’s sixth foul, when actually it was only his fifth.

According to the league, the mistake stemmed from a foul with 3:24 remaining in the fourth quarter that was called on Udonis Haslem but was mistakenly credited to O’Neal at the scoring table.

Stern ruled the Hawks “failed to follow league-mandated scoring procedures and failed to respond effectively when the members of the statisticians’ crew noticed the mistake,” the NBA said in a statement.

Shaq will have another chance to foul out on March 8, when the game resumes in Atlanta.

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