Jameer Nelson had almost six seconds to make some magic for his Orlando Magic with Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets tied at 82. Nelson used up all the time to he had in order to ensure his final shot of regulation would be the final shot of regulation. As it turns out, it was the final shot of the game, period.
Nelson nailed a three-pointer over Ty Lawson with 0.3 seconds left to give the Magic an 85-82 victory. The game-winner was celebrated with much jumping and saluting.
The play to get Nelson the ball was rather brilliant; Stan Van Gundy uses Dwight Howard to pin down Lawson while a racing Jason Richardson comes in to pin down Howard's man, Nene, a good defender who could have popped out and made inbounder Hedo Turkoglu think twice about passing into Nelson. Once Lawson and Nene are pinned down, Richardon's man -- Arron Afflalo -- is in no position to chase out, because he's going under J-Rich (for obvious reasons) the whole time. Nelson gets the ball easily, and the rest of the Magic move down to the free throw line or below to ensure no one can double Nelson.
From there, Nelson simply puts Lawson on skates and nails the three. Blouses.