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NBA: Clock 'started appropriately' on Fisher's shot

Updated: May 14, 2004, 3:50 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NBA denied the San Antonio Spurs' protest of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, which ended with a buzzer-beating shot by Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Spurs contended the clock did not start quickly enough after Fisher caught an inbounds pass with 0.4 seconds remaining. Fisher swished an 18-foot jumper to give the Lakers a 74-73 victory on Thursday night in San Antonio.

The protest was denied Friday by NBA commissioner David Stern. The ...

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