I was always told the game is never over until the clock shows "0:00." If you want to be funny, the game is never over until "the fat lady sings."
The Miami Heat held a four point lead against the Los Angeles Lakers with 9.9 seconds to play. Any normal basketball fan knows that the chances of winning in this situation is slim and none.
So, it didn't really surprise me to see fans start to groan and complain. It didn't surprise me to see fans start making their way towards the exit. And it didn't surprise me to see Heat players and fans smiling like they had already won.
But I'm not a normal basketball fan.
I knew there was a slight chance the Lakers would win and I knew there was a slight chance to witness a miracle.
Derek Fisher hit a three-point shot with 4.3 seconds left to cut the Heat lead to a single point, Dwyane Wade only made one of two free throws to make the game a bit more interesting and the rest is history.
What can be argued to be one of his greatest game-winning shots ever, Kobe Bryant lifted the Lakers to victory with an off balance three point bank shot with a hand in his face, stunned yet another opponent, a city and me.
Ask Heat players and Heat fans.
Ask Lakers fans who decided to stay until the end.
Even ask Lakers fans who decided to leave the game early for reasons not explainable.
If time is on the clock, the game isn't over.
But when the red light behind the backboard turns on, the 24-second shot clock shows "0:00" and the ball falls through the hoop, then you can leave.