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The Sacramento Kings protest of their 111-110 loss in Memphis on November 13 has been denied by the NBA.
The basis of the Kings' protest was that Courtney Lee could not have received the alley-oop inbounds pass and completed the lay-up within the .3 seconds left on the clock.
Sacramento did not protest that Ryan Hollins tipped the inbounds pass as it appeared the Kings center might have done.
The Kings record remains at 9-6 and the Grizzlies remain 13-2, the best record in the Western Conference.
The league released a statement regard the matter on Friday morning:
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.
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.