The Clippers protested that Thunder guard Reggie Jackson knocked the ball out of bounds with 11.3 seconds left. The officials awarded the ball to Oklahoma City and then stuck with their initial ruling after reviewing replay.
---The New York Knicks must now regroup after focusing their initial search for their next head coach on Steve Kerr, who turned down president Phil Jackson on Wednesday to accept a five-year, $25 million offer with the Golden State Warriors.
Jackson, who built a relationship with Kerr while the Chicago Bulls were winning championships, was expected to have the inside track to give Kerr his first NBA coaching job and bring him to New York to implement Jackson's triangle scheme.
ESPN.com sources with knowledge of the situation said that Oklahoma City guard Derek Fisher and Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis, both of whom are close to Jackson, are likely to be considered. Mark Jackson, recently fired head coach of the Warriors, could also be a candidate.
Van Gundy would not have left the warmth of his Florida home just to coach the downtrodden Pistons. He wanted control of personnel decisions and found an owner who was willing to give him that authority as its president of basketball operations. The Pistons did that while also naming him as their head coach.
"I've grown up around basketball. It's all I've done," said Van Gundy, who received a five-year, $35 million contract to turn Detroit's fortunes around. "My dad coached. It's all I've done and I think I know what it takes to be successful. I think I know what it takes to build successful teams."