Saturday , Dec , 22 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Heat Protests Scoring Error in Atlanta

The Heat filed a formal protest Friday with the NBA over the disqualification of center Shaquille O’Neal from the overtime of Wednesday’s 117-111 loss in Atlanta.

The Heat, which had to submit a $10,000 fee with its protest, contends a game transcript and video evidence show O’Neal had only five fouls at the time he was ruled disqualified, instead of the limit of six.

Among league options is to dismiss the protest, order a replay from the time of the error, or issue a fine or sanction against the Hawks.

 With 51.9 seconds to play and the Heat trailing 112-111, O’Neal was determined by the scoring crew at Philips Arena to have been disqualified.

However, according to an initial scoring transcript released by the Hawks-employed scoring staff, as well as a preliminary box score issued by the Hawks, O’Neal was listed as having only five fouls…(Click here for more.)