ORLANDO, Fla. -- Yao Ming turned and emphatically slapped his arm. He had just drawn Dwight Howard's sixth foul, seemingly sinking the Orlando Magic and winning the battle between probable NBA All-Star starting centers Friday.
That play didn't beat the Magic, but a last-second call might have.
Adonal Foyle appeared to tip in Rashard Lewis' driving layup miss with a fraction of a second left to tie it and force overtime.
But officials shocked the crowd, which had watched the replay several times, by returning to wave off the bucket. No record of an official call was made, and the officiating crew declined comment.
"Exciting finish," Yao said, in terrific understatement.
"When they said it was no good, we were just trying to hurry up and take a shower, put our clothes on before they would tell us to come back onto the court," said Rockets guard Rafer Alston, who scored the winning layup.
Within 15 minutes of the finish, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy had already put in calls to league officials.
"I'm not going to summon a lot of anger," Van Gundy said. "This is a tough night in the NBA. It's the way it goes sometimes."
Alston had 20 points and eight assists, and Bonzi Wells finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets.
Jameer Nelson had another good night with 20 points for Orlando.
MAVERICKS 94, HEAT 89, at Dallas -- With Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade out for Miami, Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Dallas to victory.
LAKERS 124, 76ERS 93, at Los Angeles -- Andrew Bynum dominated inside with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to guide Los Angeles past Philadelphia.
SPURS 97, KNICKS 93, at San Antonio -- Defensive specialist Bruce Bowen showed off his offense, scoring 15 points to help San Antonio defeat New York.
WIZARDS 101, BUCKS 77, at Milwaukee -- Antawn Jamison scored 24 points, and Washington shot 55 percent from the field to beat Milwaukee, which played without All-Star guard Michael Redd.
NUGGETS 118, TIMBERWOLVES 107, at Minneapolis -- Allen Iverson scored 33 points, and Denver handed Minnesota a season-worst seventh consecutive loss.
CELTICS 100, GRIZZLIES 96, at Boston -- Reserve Tony Allen filled in when Ray Allen struggled, scoring a season-high 20 points to help Boston beat Memphis for its eighth win in a row.
NETS 102, BOBCATS 96, at East Rutherford, N.J. -- Vince Carter scored 30 points and New Jersey won a season-high fourth consecutive game while handing Charlotte its 11th road loss in a row.
PACERS 113, HAWKS 91, at Indianapolis -- Danny Granger tied a career high with 32 points, and Indiana beat Atlanta to snap a five-game losing streak.
PISTONS 101, RAPTORS 85, at Toronto -- Richard Hamilton scored 22 points, and Detroit extended its winning streak to 11 games with a win over Toronto.