The NBA announced today it had denied the Kings’ appeal of its loss at Memphis, Nov. 13.
The Kings argued the shot should not have counted because it came after time expired.
Here is the NBA’s explanation:
“The basis for the Kings’ protest was that Courtney Lee’s game-winning shot should have been disqualified as having been made after time expired. Under league procedures, each team has an opportunity to make submissions in support of its position, and the protesting team is required to establish a misapplication of the official playing rules that had a clear impact on the game’s outcome.
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The Commissioner determined that the game officials’ call that Lee’s shot was timely was within their judgment and not a misapplication of the playing rules. Sacramento’s protest therefore did not justify the extraordinary remedy of overturning the game’s result.”
The Kings argued time expired on two accounts. First, they believe center Ryan Hollins deflected the ball on the inbounds pass. They also believed Lee did not have enough time to get the shot off in 0.3 seconds.
The Kings blew a 26-point lead in the game.