Heat, Nuggets Literally Broke the Stats System in 149-141 Double-OT Thriller

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2018

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 19: Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat and Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets tip-off to begin overtime at American Airlines Arena on March 19, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Imagine a game so wild that it literally breaks the system.

That's what happened Monday night when the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat met in South Beach.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), technology couldn't keep up with the Heat's 149-141 double-overtime victory. The stats system crashed in the first overtime, meaning an official box score was not available when the final buzzer sounded.

"There's no stats," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said, per the AP. "The stat machine blew up, I guess."

It took more than two hours after the game had finished for the stats to be officially sorted out. Two hours after a game that featured two extra sessions? Yikes.

In the end, they managed to get things figured out and give credit where credit was due. Of course, the biggest takeaway has nothing to do with on-court stats—it's all about the playoff chase. Denver dropped two games back of the eighth seed in the Western Conference with the loss, while Miami moved into the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.

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