The Refs and Lake Show vs. The Kings?
Game: 2002 Western Conference Finals, Game 6
Match-up: Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The takeaway most have from the '02 Western Conference Finals is Robert Horry's high-arching buzzer beater to win Game 4, but Sacramento's two dozen fans will be forever vexed by the horrible officiated, possibly rigged Game 6. At the heart of the Tim Donaghy scandal was a perplexing fourth quarter in which the Lakers took 27 foul shots, the Kings saw both of their centers foul out, and a blatant elbow from Kobe Bryant to Mike Bibby went without a whistle. In perhaps the weakest defense of officials ever, David Stern would say of the game, "You can watch it... My guess is it won't be pretty, but it won't be dishonest and it won't be illegal."