The Phoenix Suns are 13-23 and it would be a fair assessment to claim that the franchise is in a state of general disarray.
Earlier in the season, they fired head coach Earl Watson.
They also traded away Eric Bledsoe, perhaps their best overall player.
With a few terrible contracts on the books for this year, interim coach Jay Triano has trotted out inconsistent and unpredictable rotations of aging veterans and inexperienced youngsters, making cohesion a foreign ideology.
However, on Tuesday night, they had the honor of hosting the Memphis Grizzlies, who are having a similarly-terrible year at 10-24.
Tied at 97 with 0.6 seconds remaining, the Suns inbounded the ball on their offensive end. With just enough time for a catch-and-shoot opportunity, their odds of walking away with a victory were very slim, to say the least. It looked like overtime was on the way.
But then the unthinkable happened.
Second-year center Dragan Bender hoisted the ball in the air with a picture-perfect ally-oop pass to teammate Tyson Chandler, who flushed the ball in over defender Brandan Wright before the buzzer sounded to win the game for the home team.
The play was drawn up perfectly and the execution was flawless.
"I was trying to create a play where you could score with like three tenths of a second or something and I thought tonight was a good time to do it," explained Triano after the game, per ESPN. "I put it on about two or three days after I took over the job here, and it's a rule that a lot of people don't know. You can not goal tend a ball that isn't going to count so I told our guys shoot the ball in the basket and all Tyson has to do is touch it on the way down or grab the rim and have it hit your knuckle on the way in. I asked the officials when they come and do their clinics and seminars with the coaches, I asked them that 15 years ago when I was in Toronto. I asked them about it and they had to go back and look at it and I've tried to keep it a secret and it's not a secret anymore."
"What's crazy about that play is that I didn't know that was the rule, we went over it one day in practice and I thought coach was crazy," said Suns guard Devin Booker, who returned from an injury that kept him out for three weeks. "I thought it was some overseas rule, [Triano] said he looked it up in the rule book and said if you shoot it from out of bounds and if it's going in your team can touch it so it sounds more like a .2 or .3 seconds left play but it worked well for us tonight."
What makes the moment even crazier is that Chandler had no idea what the rule was. He didn't practice it and wasn't aware. (He must have missed the one that Booker was referring to.)
Nonetheless, it was one of the few bright spots in what has been a disappointing start to the year for Phoenix.