2002 – When you lead by 21 to start the fourth quarter of an NBA playoff game, like the New Jersey Nets did in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, and you have Jason Kidd on the floor to help you control the tempo of the game, like the Nets did, the win should be money in the bank. Except in this case the bank was robbed by Paul Pierce's 19 final-period points, which led Boston to a 94-90 win. It was the biggest fourth quarter comeback in playoff history.
"You kind of see it in their eyes," Pierce said afterward. "It didn't seem like anybody wanted to shoot the ball for them. As we got closer to them, as we got more aggressive, as we started feeding off the crowd."