MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Courtney Lee scored on a lob pass as time expired to cap a furious fourth-quarter rally, and the Memphis Grizzlies came from 26 points down to beat the Sacramento Kings 111-110 on Thursday night.
The outcome wasn’t decided until after a lengthy review by officials who were trying to determine if the inbounds pass from Vince Carter with less than a second left was tipped by the Kings, and also to determine if Lee got the shot off before the horn sounded.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 22 points and 11 assists, while Marc Gasol had 20 points. Lee’s reverse layup gave him 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Rudy Gay scored 25 points, while DeMarcus Cousins added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who lost their third straight.
Sacramento held a 110-109 lead, but Ben McLemore, who finished with 17 points, missed a pair of free throws and Memphis grabbed the rebound with 0.3 seconds remaining.
Carter inbounded the ball for the Grizzlies. Gasol set a pick up top of the key, but Gay and Jason Thompson failed to switch on defense, freeing Lee for the final shot.
The victory extended Memphis’ regular-season home winning streak to 18. But that seemed in doubt through most of the game.
Sacramento, which led by 26 in the first half, still maintained a 17-point advantge with just over 7 minutes left. Memphis clicked off seven unanswered points to get within 103-93. That was part of a 16-1 run that included a pair of 3-pointers from Carter from the opposite corners to cut the deficit to 104-102.
Conley converted a 3-pointer from the top of the key as Cousins flew by for a 109-108 lead — Memphis’ first of the night — with 10.7 seconds left.
Cousins sank two free throws with 6.5 seconds remaining to give Sacramento the lead back, setting the stage for the final sequence.
The Kings got out to an accurate start, hitting 13 of their first 17 shots. Meanwhile, Memphis missed its first nine and at one point was 2 of 15, leading to boos from its fans. Sacramento led 38-16 at the first break en route to a halftime advantage of 62-46.