The Kings weren’t the underdogs — they had the NBA’s best regular-season record and home court advantage — but they certainly didn’t have the mass international appeal of the Lakers. When the fourth quarter rolled around, Sacramento was charged with a slew of mysterious foul calls, helping Los Angeles come from behind and win the game. The lopsided calls in the fourth quarter and LA’s subsequent victory in Game 7 gave many NBA fans a suspicious feeling about the officiating in Game 6.
One of the most infamous and pervasive conspiracy theories in sports history was born out of Game 6. A few years later, with help from FBI agents, notorious ex-referee Tim Donaghy, and NBA fans around the country, the conspiracy has only continued to grow.