D-League orders replay of Flash-14ers
NEW YORK -- The NBA Development League has granted Utah's protest of its loss to Colorado last month, the first successful challenge in the league's eight-year history.
The league on Tuesday ordered the teams to replay the final 25.2 seconds of the game, with the score tied at 102.
The Flash protested the 104-102 loss on Dec. 26 after Bill Walker was incorrectly disqualified by fouls with 25.2 seconds left. It should only have been his fifth foul; a foul against teammate J.R. Giddens with 9:24 remaining in the second quarter was mistakenly credited to Walker by the 14ers' official scorer.
The replay will occur April 10 in Utah, with the teams' regularly scheduled game to follow.
Walker and Giddens have since been recalled to the NBA by the Boston Celtics. The Flash will be able to use any available players if they aren't reassigned for the rematch.
Last season, the NBA had its first do-over since 1982 when Atlanta and Miami replayed the final 51.9 seconds of a Hawks victory because the official scorer ruled incorrectly that Shaquille O'Neal fouled out. The Hawks won the replay, then the regularly scheduled game.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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