Before the 1954-55 season, Danny Biasone -- one of the NBA's founding fathers -- convinced his peers that something was needed to speed up the game. He reasoned that teams attempted 60 shots each a game, so he divided 48 minutes by 120 shots and came up with the 24-second clock.
It is because of the 24-clock that no lead is safe and no deficit is hopeless. And it's exactly why the Mavericks have fought their way back in this game. Once trailing by 29, they now are down by 6 at 86-80 with 10 minutes left in the game.
-- Jan Hubbard