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Last night in Memphis, a Courtney Lee buzzer-beater sealed the biggest comeback win in Grizzlies history…after five minutes of replay review by the referees, of course.
Sacramento held a 26-point lead over Memphis at one point, and a 17-point lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. However, over those last seven minutes, the Grizzlies went on a sizzling 16-1 run, reducing the Kings’ lead to two before a Mike Conley trey gave them their first lead of the game with just 11 seconds left on the clock.
However, the Kings retook the lead on the next possession, and Zach Randolph missed a seven-foot jumper with only two seconds left in the game. That forced Marc Gasol to foul Ben McLemore as soon as he came down with the rebound, sending him to the line. So at that point, it looked like their comeback was going to fall short.
But it didn’t. McLemore missed both free throws, Randolph grabbed the rebound, and the Grizzlies called their last timeout. That gave them the ball at mid-court with 0.3 seconds left on the clock—just enough for Vince Carter to inbound the ball to Courtney Lee all alone under the basket, and for Courtney Lee to put a reverse layup up and in.
Take a look:
As you can see, Lee clearly got the shot off in time. What the referees had to review was whether or not the Kings defender got his finger on the inbound pass from Carter. If he did, then that would have started the clock, and the game would have been over before Lee even touched it.
However, the refs could not say for sure that the ball was touched. So the Courtney Lee buzzer-beater stood.
Hell of an ending, huh?