Found April 10, 2013 on The Sports Fan Journal:
The Rockets clinching their first playoff birth since 2009 wasn’t odd. It was how they did so. Tied at 98 with the Phoenix Suns with regulation ticking away, James Harden launched what proved to be the always entertaining game winning missed three pointer. That’s because Jermaine O’Neal was whistled for basket interference effectively ending the [...]The post Jermaine O’Neal Helps Rockets Clinch Playoff Berth, Lakers Recapture 8th Seed appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
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