Blake Griffin's absence from the L.A. Clippers team that faced the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center meant a rare start for the veteran Paul Pierce.
In just his third appearance of the season, the 39-year-old was thrust into the starting five, playing 30 minutes, dropping 5 points, shooting 1-7 from the field and pulling down 4 rebounds.
But the highlight - or lowlight - of his night came as he botched a slam dunk in the second quarter.
Chris Paul ran the fast break following a steal and fed Pierce with a behind-the-back pass. However, the former finals MVP could only find rim as the ball bounced away and he crashed to the floor.
CP3 and Pierce were able to laugh it off and the All-Star point guard joked about giving CPR to the soon-to-be retired forward to bring him back to life.
However, they weren't laughing by the final buzzer as the Clippers slipped to a surprise double-overtime loss - their third straight defeat - against Pierce's former team, and now find themselves third in the west after a franchise-best start.
With two road games to come against the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans, there is a strong possibility their losing streak could be at five before they return to Los Angeles.
Following their blistering start, the Clippers are stuttering and a huge improvement is definitely needed.
What better way to lay down a marker than to win in the defending champions' back yard? Although, the Cavs are also smarting a blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.