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NBA Launches Twitter Account to Defend Bad Calls

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While it lacked the grandiosity of Kevin Durant's buzzer-beater over the Mavericks last night, the game-winning shot made by the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade was no less important -- beating the Charlotte Bobcats 96-95 with 2.9 seconds left in the game.

However, it's also been the target of much scrutiny. After analyzing the footage, Hardwood Paroxysm concludes that Wade clearly traveled before making the shot and the refs missed the call. As you can see in the following video, the site makes a convincing argument:

But while fans may be convinced, the National Basketball Association isn't. And to support the refs' judgment, it created the Twitter account @NBAOfficials to handle controversial calls such as these. In its first tweet, the NBA defends Wade's basket with its own interpretation of the play.

"The Dwyane Wade basket shown in the below video is a legal basketball move," NBA's site reads. "Wade gathered the ball with his right foot on the floor: his first step is when both feet touch the floor simultaneously and his second is when he steps forward with his right foot."

But even the first comment on the entry denies the NBA's explanation. User JDL613 compares Wade's hop-step to LeBron James' "Crab Dribble" and asks, "They called it travelling then, my question is why is it different now?"

Well, there's only one logical solution then: Outfit refs with iPhones (AAPL) and Droids (GOOG) to make real-time Tweets during the game to defend their calls while they can still be reversed.

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