Monday night's NBA theater spoiled audiences, providing healthy doses of comedy, tragedy and drama.
The Detroit Pistons opened things up with a thriller that left the Indiana Pacers stunned. After that, the Los Angeles Lakers forgot to return after intermission against the Atlanta Hawks, resulting in yet another disappointing loss for Kobe Bryant and Co.
Elsewhere, the New York Knicks helped construct a funny, but ultimately sad ending that everybody saw coming. Plus, the Miami Heat waited until the second act to turn up the excitement against the Utah Jazz, and the Los Angeles Clippers sent fans to the exits with a remarkable closing run.
Oh, and Joe Johnson stepped into a starring role for the first time all season.
Grab some popcorn as we run through the biggest takeaways from an exciting night of NBA hoops.