Cuban miffed at refs

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is upset with the officiating in his team's 116-108 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday and planned to file a protest with the league office, ESPN.com reported yesterday.

"We will definitely protest," Cuban said, "because we felt there were multiple misapplications of the rules."

Among their complaints, the Mavericks contend that the referees in charge - Ken Mauer, Brian Forte, and John Goble - did not have the authority to review a flagrant foul on Houston's Aaron Brooks in overtime. During the eight-minute review, Dallas' Erick Dampier was deemed to have intentionally elbowed Brooks after the play, resulting in a technical foul.

Because it was Dampier's second technical, the starting center was ejected with 1 minute, 1 second to play in overtime and Houston leading by six.

The Mavericks said Brooks originally had been called for a Flagrant Foul Penalty 1, and that only a Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 is reviewable.

Dallas has 48 hours to file the protest, which costs $10,000. Cuban said the Mavs would file today.

No dunks for Durant

Kevin Durant doesn't think he's enough of a high flier to compete in the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest, so he turned down the chance.

Durant wrote Friday on his blog that he didn't consider himself a contest dunker and didn't "even do any good dunks in games."

The Oklahoma City Thunder star said he'd rather let the Rudy Gays and Dwight Howards show off in the contest than take up one of the spots.

"I don't jump high enough for those guys," Durant said.

- Wire reports