Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's protest of Indiana's 111-107 victory over the Mavericks last Friday was denied by the NBA today. With 9:59 left in the second quarter of the game, a two-point field goal by the Pacers Troy Murphy was mistakenly recorded as a three-pointer by the official scorer. The NBA ruled that the mistake was made by the scorer and that no referee had signaled a three-point shot. The error was not discovered until after the game.
At the time, the Pacers had a 41-25 lead. The league released pointed out that the Mavericks still had 34 minutes to overcome the one-point error so it did not have an impact on the outcome of the game.
-- Jan Hubbard