Anybody who claims to have enjoyed basketball in the early 2000's is aware of the success and dominance of the Western Conference. Jordan's reign had passed, and the Western Conference was finally able to compete again, and compete they did. The west only lost one NBA Finals between 1999 and 2005. This success was shared between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs, winning three titles each during that time period. However, they weren't the only teams in the west that many thought were deserving of an NBA Title. The Sacramento Kings had just recently come off of a rebuilding project and were ready to challenge the league's bests.
Editor's Note: For the record, I have watched the entire game and can personally attest to the poor refereeing in the game. However, it's safe to say the game was not "fixed."
Whether or not the game was unfairly altered by the officiating is beyond any of us, so it would be more logical to focus on the King's team and prior success in order to answer the question at hand, should the Kings have won an NBA Title? In all reality, possibly.
The 2002 Sacramento Kings supplied a team that was able to amaze everyone and anyone that watched them play basketball. They were quick, energetic, and they shot the lights out.