It was that point in the game when Indiana fans everywhere were crossing their fingers. David West and George Hill were getting their last few minutes of rest and CJ Watson was trying to help the Pacers maintain their 12-point lead.
Watson picked up a loose ball and drove down the court as Mario Chalmers rode his hip the entire way. Near the foul line, Watson got a step and Chalmers chose to foul him, hard, and shove him with two hands out of bounds. It’s probably a good thing that Mr. West was on the sideline at the time, as he certainly wouldn’t have responded kindly to the dirty and dangerous play from the Heat point guard.
The officials initially called a regular foul and then a technical foul on the play, but then later changed it to a Flagrant One and awarded Watson and the Pacers a rarely seen, “four chances to make three free throws” opportunity. Watson was able to shake off the hard foul as he buried all three freebies. Perhaps most importantly, the foul, ensuing replay, and several free throws enabled West and Hill to take advantage of a few more minutes of rest and enter the game a little sooner than Vogel probably planned.