As we learned last year, basketball was invented by James Naismith in the 1800s. Back then the game was incredibly slow. After each point, the game was paused to retrieve the ball out of a peach basket mounted to the wall. Thankfully, bottomless baskets soon became standard. As you can imagine, it significantly increased the speed of play. But even games as recent as the 1950s would be unbearably slow by today's standards. Teams would get the lead, and then do their best to hang onto the ball until time ran out. Scores in the 20's were common. It became a game of stalling and fouling. In 1950, the Minneapolis Lakers were defeated by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the lowest scoring NBA game on record, 19-18. Enter Danny Biasone, the owner of the Syracuse Nationals. He figured that if the struggling NBA was to survive, a game needed teams scoring in the 80's. That meant each team needed to average 60 shots. That meant 120 total shots were needed in a 48-minute game--120 shots in 2880 seconds equals one shot every 24 seconds. And so the shot clock was born. The shot clock technology debuted the following season. In the first game the Rochester Royals defeated the Boston Celtics 98-95. It’s fitting that Biasone was eventually inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his invention, as this single act probably saved the game of basketball from obscurity.