Wednesday night's pivotal NBA action nearly shook the league off of its axis.
Sure, a handful of games lacked any meaning at all, as plenty of lottery teams are just counting down the minutes until they hit summer vacation 24 seconds at a time. But even those contests featured hope for the future and fear in the present.
For example, the Detroit Pistons enjoyed an encouraging gaze into the future of their frontcourt as Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe mopped up the Cleveland Cavaliers.
And the New Orleans Hornets saw their lives flash before their eyes as Anthony Davis went down in a heap.
Admittedly, those games required a search for meaning. But you didn't have to look very hard to see the league-shifting significance of Kobe Bryant's historic performance against the Portland Trail Blazers. Nor was it difficult to divine the disappointment associated with the Dallas Mavericks assuring themselves of their first non-playoff season in a dozen years.
The 2012-13 season may only have a few more games left, but even at this late stage, the NBA landscape is still changing. Wednesday's 10-game slate proved that.