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Kings’ protest of Memphis loss hinges on game clock, 0.3 seconds

The Kings are protesting the results of the game that turned on this shot by Memphis Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee. The Grizzlies won 111-110.
The Kings are protesting the results of the game that turned on this shot by Memphis Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee. The Grizzlies won 111-110. Associated Press

The NBA on Monday announced that the Sacramento Kings filed a formal protest of their loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis on Thursday.

The Grizzlies won 111-110, scoring the game-winning basket on an alley-oop layup by guard Courtney Lee at the buzzer .

Just 0.3 seconds to play showed on the clock when the ball was inbounded.

The Kings’ protest is based on the argument that Lee’s shot should not have counted because it came after time expired.

Memphis and Sacramento each may submit evidence supporting their position. The protest will be decided by Dec. 2.

The Kings argued that night that Vince Carter’s inbounds pass was actually deflected by center Ryan Hollins, which would have started the clock that stood at 0.3 seconds and would not have represented enough time for Lee to attempt a shot.

Several Kings players and officials also contend the clock was not started when it should have been, even if the officials did not believe Hollins touched the ball, and Lee’s shot should have been waved off.

Officials immediately reviewed the play and did not reverse their decision, leaving the Kings fuming and disappointed after they nearly survived blowing a 26-point lead.

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