New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NBA announced Friday that commissioner Adam Silver has denied the protest filed by the Sacramento Kings over a last- second loss to Memphis on Nov. 13.
Courtney Lee's layup off an inbounds pass at the buzzer gave the Grizzlies a 111-110 win. The play was reviewed for several minutes before being upheld.
The Kings, in their protest with the league, believed the shot should have been disqualified because time should have expired.
Lee flew through the air to catch Vince Carter's inbounds feed and got a reverse off-balance shot to fall as time expired, though television replays appeared to show the Kings' Ryan Hollins getting a hand on the pass, which would have started a clock that had just 0.3 seconds showing at the start of the play.
Silver determined that the game officials' call that Lee's shot was timely was within their judgment and not a misapplication of the playing rules.