- Associated Press - Thursday, December 16, 2010

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni says he asked officials if they were certain how much time was left on the clock before the final possession of their loss to Boston on Wednesday night.

NBA rules prevent them from being positive.

Paul Pierce’s jumper broke a 116-all tie and the clock stopped with 0.4 seconds left. Video replays have shown the ball appeared to be completely through the net with 0.6 seconds to go.

“I just asked, ‘Are you sure?’” D'Antoni said Thursday of his conversation with the referees during the ensuing timeout.

Amare Stoudemire then made a 3-pointer, but replay confirmed that he released it after the buzzer.

Officials can only turn to replay to determine how much time is left if the clock ran all the way to 0.0. The only other way they could order time put back is if they clearly saw the clock not stop, which is nearly impossible in two-tenths of a second.