Say what you will about time limits on inbounds passes, but you definitely cannot catch and then shoot the ball with just 0.2 seconds showing on the clock. The Boston Celtics knew this, so Gerald Wallace and Jared Sullinger decided to hook up for a good old tip-in.
At the end of the first quarter in their Dec. 18 game against the Detroit Pistons, the Celtics got the ball back following a traveling violation called on Kyle Singler when he was merely trying to run out the clock.
That's when Wallace threw the inbounds pass just to the left of the rim. Sullinger completely whipped Detroit defender Josh Harrellson on the play and left him stranded near the foul line. He rose up uncontested and slapped a paw on it, calmly directing it off the glass and in.
Give credit to Wallace, as you can see him directing Sullinger where to go right before the pass occurs.
Prior to the play, CSN announcer and former Celtics player and coach Tommy Heinsohn said, "Nothing gonna happen here unless it's the best tip-in play of the century." He had a good laugh about that just moments later.
Sullinger's basket capped a stunning 42-point first quarter for the Celtics as they romped on the Pistons early.