The Boston Celtics-Miami Heat matchup had it all.
One team came in boasting a historical winning streak, while the other continued to defy the odds with every passing week.
One team sat atop the Eastern Conference, while the other was busy fighting and clawing its way up the standings.
One team featured arguably the best player in the NBA right now, while the other featured a former All-Star who refused to allow the lights to dim on his career just yet.
After 47 minutes Monday night, it was nearly impossible to differentiate between the two.
However, the final 45 seconds provided all the clarity needed.
Coming out of a timeout, the Celtics had the Heat right where they wanted them. The score was knotted up at 103-103, and a raucous, sold-out TD Garden had the momentum entirely in the home team’s favor. It was as close to a sure thing that the ball was going to either Paul Pierce or the hot-handed Jeff Green.
Except it did not.
Instead, Brandon Bass found himself with the ball at the...