In basketball, when we say that one player "broke the ankles" of another player it's generally not a literal description of what just went down. The expression is almost always used to mean that an offensive player totally faked out a defender leading him to lose his balance and perhaps even fall over. On Sunday night, Ty Lawson nearly returned the phrase to its literal meaning.
In the final minute of the game with the Nuggets clinging to a 99-97 lead over Orlando, the former UNC point guard used a screen from Al Harrington to get the mismatch he wanted with Magic forward Ryan Anderson. With the shot clock winding down, Lawson faked left and pulled back his dribble causing Anderson to turn on his and fall to his knees in pain. Lawson spotted up at the elbow and swished the jumper, making it a two-possession game with 23.9 seconds left.
Anderson was helped to the locker room and did not return for the end of the game.
According to Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com, Anderson is listed as day-to-day after an X-ray on his ankle was negative.
Lawson finished with 25 points and nine assists as the Nuggets went on to beat the Magic who were without All-Star center Dwight Howard.