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Courtney Lee's Tip-In Helps Grizzlies Complete Comeback

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

After trailing all game long, Lee’s tip-in with 0.3 seconds left sank the Kings.

Courtney Lee helped complete the largest comeback in Memphis Grizzlies franchise history when he tipped in a lob off an out of bounds play with just 0.3 seconds remaining, giving Memphis a 111-110 win over the Sacramento Kings.

The play was a great design from the Grizzlies, but awful execution on the part of the Kings. The main design of the play was to have action near the sideline inbound while a series of back screens took place at the right elbow between Lee and Marc Gasol. After Lee set a down screen for Gasol, the players simply reversed roles and Gasol set a back screen for him. Jason Thompson, who was matched up with Gasol, never switched on the screen and instead went with Rudy Gay to cover Gasol popping out near the three-point line. That left Lee WIDE open with no one close to him in the paint.

Courtney Lee's Tip-In Helps Grizzlies Complete Comeback 

It was a fittingly bizarre and wild end to a wild game. Sacramento had no business losing to the Grizzlies. At one point in the first quarter, the Kings led 33-8. At halftime, they still led by 16 and were ahead by 15 entering the fourth quarter. Then things just fell apart. The Kings couldn't get stops, and Memphis methodically worked their way back, eventually taking the lead with 10 seconds left on a Mike Conley three. DeMarcus Cousins got the lead back with two free throws, and after a Zach Randolph miss on the ensuing Grizzlies possession, it seemed like the Kings would escape with a win. Sacramento was going to the line for two free throws and there were only 0.6 seconds on the clock.

But second-year guard Ben McLemore missed both free throws. Memphis got a timeout with 0.3 seconds left, which advanced the ball past half court, and then the game-winning play happened. All credit has to go to Memphis for never laying down after falling behind early, but this was one of the craziest collapses in a basketball game you'll ever see. And this is a prime example of why you never leave a game early, no matter how bleak it might seem. 

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