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Only two successful protests in 27 years

Updated: December 24, 2009, 2:57 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

DALLAS -- Don't expect a ruling on the Dallas Mavericks' protest of their recent loss to the Houston Rockets before early 2010.

The Mavericks formally filed their protest paperwork Sunday, insisting that the final 1:01 of overtime in their 116-108 defeat should be replayed because Erick Dampier was incorrectly assessed his second technical foul and thus wrongly ejected.

The Rockets, though, have five business days to decide whether to contest the Mavs' appeal and do not have ...

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