Zach Randolph got the ball and the shot clock was winding down to zero and so he did the natural thing.
“I just shot the shot,” he said.
From 26 feet away.
With the Grizzlies up by just a bucket, with an entire city on the precipice.
“I think there was a collective holding of breath,” said Shane Battier.
Maybe some cursing under the breath too.
“I was like, ‘No, no, no,’” said Grizzlies owner Mike Heisley. “Then it was, ‘YES!’”
Yes, the ball dropped through. Yes, the Grizzlies would win this game.
Yes, the most important, most meaningful, most thrilling day in the history of the Memphis NBA franchise would end the way it was supposed to end.