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Pacers Lose Protest Of Officiating Error

Associated Press

The NBA denied a protest by the Indiana Pacers of a Feb. 20 loss to the Orlando Magic.

The Pacers lost the game 93-91 and contended that referees misapplied the rules regarding the correction of officiating errors.

With 55.5 seconds left in the third quarter, the officials failed to realize that Orlando’s Dan Schayes should have been awarded two free throws when Indiana was called for its second foul in the final 2 minutes of the period.

The error was not discovered until another Indiana foul with 34.4 seconds left in the quarter. The officials had Nick Anderson shoot two free throws for the second foul. Schayes also shot two free throws. Both players made their shots, giving the Magic a 67-66 lead.

NBA rules stipulate that because the error was discovered within 24 seconds of its occurrence, the game clock should have been reset to the point of the foul with the ball then inbounded to Indiana.

NBA commissioner David Stern agreed the situation satisfied the first test for an appeal. However, he decided the Pacers failed to demonstrate the misapplication of the rule had a “clear impact on the outcome of the game.”

The commissioner ruled Indiana had a substantial opportunity to overcome the error in the remaining time left in the game and had tied the score twice.

Sonics sign Zidek

The Seattle SuperSonics signed former UCLA center George Zidek to a 10-day contract on Monday. Terms were not disclosed.

Zidek, 24, played in six games for the Denver Nuggets this season, averaging 3 points and 2 rebounds. He was released last month. Zidek will be available for the Sonics’ game against Toronto tonight.

Olajuwon suspended

Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon and Phoenix Suns forward Antonio McDyess were among four players suspended for one game and fined for fighting during Saturday’s contest.

Olajuwon was fined $10,000 and McDyess $7,500.

Houston’s Mario Elie and Kevin Willis also were suspended and fined $2,500 each for leaving the bench during the melee.

Jazz beat Rockets

Karl Malone had 29 points and 21 rebounds as the Utah Jazz came from behind to beat the visiting Houston Rockets 100-93 on Monday.

John Stockton scored six points in the game’s final 3 minutes as the Jazz rallied from a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit.

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