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In the November 28 2012 game between the OKC Thunder and the Houston Rockets, Thunder forward Hasheem Thabeet was ejected from the game. Shortly thereafter he was reinstated and returned to the court and a technical was assessed.

What was the ruling that allowed him to return?

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Officials have elastic power. In this case, Thabeet pushed official Marc Davis, who came up from behind, before realizing he was an official(1). As you mention, although Davis had initially ejected him, he brought Thabeet back after watching a replay of the incident.


Rule 2, Section III - Elastic Power states, in part:

The officials shall have the power to make decisions on any point not specifically covered in the rules.

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