Video: Grizzlies' Courtney Lee beats Kings with buzzer-beating lob
With 0.3 seconds remaining and Sacramento leading 110-109, Vince Carter took the ball in from the left sideline. Memphis succeeded in scrambling Sacramento's defense, setting up the over-the-top lob pass by running two players to the near corner. Lee came free of Rudy Gay thanks to a back screen from Marc Gasol, and Carter threw the ball to the left box once he realized Jason Thompson wasn't going to switch defensive assignments. Although Lee was wide open, he still had to complete a high degree of difficulty finish by catching and scooping up a banking layup before the clock expired.
The dramatic finish required an extensive video review by the officials, who determined Lee was able to catch and release the lob before the clock expired.
This one will sting for the Kings. They had the chance to take a three-point lead with 0.6 seconds remaining, only to have guard Ben McLemore miss two free throws and see the Grizzlies immediately call timeout after securing the defensive rebound. Sacramento blew a 26-point lead and lost the fourth quarter by a 35-19 margin two nights after conceding a 24-point lead in a 106-98 loss to the Mavericks.
Lee finished with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, three rebounds and three assists. Mike Conley scored a team-high 22 points and added 11 assists in the win.
Gay scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Grizzlies. DeMarcus Cousins added 22 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Memphis improved to 8-1. Sacramento dropped to 5-4.