Sacramento Kings have been left outraged after they fell to a last-second defeat against Memphis on Thursday night and have filed an official protest with the NBA.
The league announced they are investigating the game after Memphis Grizzlies' Courtney Lee scored a two-pointer with 0.3 seconds left on the clock to hand the home side a 111-110 point victory.
The result meant the Grizzlies maintained their impressive start to the season as they possess a 9-1 record heading into Monday night’s game against Houston Rockets. Memphis currently sit top of the fiercely competitive Southwest Conference, which contains 2013/14 champions San Antonio Spurs.
However the Kings (6-4) did not take Thursday’s defeat lying down and have pledged to fight the result. They will present their case to the NBA in the coming weeks.
With 0.3 seconds left on the clock in the final quarter, Sacramento conceded a free throw on the edge of the court. The Grizzlies’ Vince Carter tossed a floated alley-oop pass to Lee, who had wriggled free of his marker, caught the ball in the air and in a flash shot at the unguarded basket to win the game.
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According to cbssports.com, Lee, who scored 16 points against the Kings that night, didn't tip the ball and admitted the clock probably restarted late. However, the red light turned on and the buzzer sounded only after the ball left Lee’s hands so was judged to have counted.
The league hasn’t explained how it will investigate the Kings appeal or when a decision is likely to be made. The two sides will continue to play their regular schedule as planned and await a decision.
Thursday night’s game saw a wonderful comeback by the Grizzlies who had trailed 33-8 at the end of the first quarter but pulled back to take the fourth 35-19 over Sacramento.