When I first saw this, I thought it was interference too. The fact that the ball had a chance to hit the rim makes it off limits to touch in my book. I believe the officials got the call right here.
Originally posted on The Point Forward - SI.com:
The Nuggets defeated the Bulls 119-118 in overtime at the United Center on Monday night after a Joakim Noah basket in the closing seconds was disallowed by the referees for offensive basket interference.
With 5.7 seconds remaining in overtime, Chicago inbounded the ball to guard Marc Belinelli, who drove hard to his left and elevated for a mid-range jumper near the baseline as the clock ticked under four seconds. Belinelli’s try was clearly short, and Chicago’s All-Star center, who was running down the middle of the paint, adjusted to tap the ball with his left hand, knocking home the apparent go-ahead basket with 1.8 seconds left. The play, which put Noah’s instincts, length and timing to full use, sent the Chicago broadcasting crew, the Bulls’ bench and the home crowd into a full celebration.
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