Despite going on a 3-on-1 fast break, the Nuggets didn't make it any easier on themselves.
Leading 108-104 in the final minute of the game on Tuesday night, Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson knocked the ball away from Brandon Jennings and into the hands of Danilo Gallinari, who started the 3-on-1 rush. With only Milwaukee's Mike Dunleavy Jr. under the basket, the 24-year-old Italian passed the ball to Corey Brewer on the left side. Instead of dishing it to Andre Iguodala who was trailing the two, Brewer gave the ball right back to Gallinari.
Gallinari jumped into Dunleavy, absorbed the contact and released a circus hook shot over his head with his right hand. The ball kissed the top of the backboard, bounced off the rim, then hit the glass one more time before finally falling through the hoop.
"The shot of the century!" screamed the Nuggets play-by-play announcer.
The Denver crowd went into a frenzy as the Nuggets went on to win 112-104.
But were the Nuggets fans celebrating the circus shot or point total?
"The fans loved it for the tacos, I think," Gallinari said after the game, via the Denver Post. "It was an important shot."
Gallinari was referring to Taco Bell's promotion, in which if the Nuggets score 110 points in a game, the fast food chain will sell 4 tacos for $1 with the purchase of a large drink.
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