They have a closer.
Tywon Ronell Lawson hit the big shot — unflappably, Jimmy Chitwood-style — a jumper with 0.2 seconds left Friday night, giving the Nuggets their biggest win of the season, a 105-103 thriller against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
When it swished through the net, the sellout crowd erupted and Lawson wobbled his body, a version of the dance called "The Bernie." It was something, all right.
"I ran the clock down to 2 or 3 seconds, pull it up in his face and knock it down," Lawson said of his shot over Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha. "I was going to shoot the last one."
And now, how about this — it's March and the Nuggets are still undefeated at home against playoff teams from the Western Conference. Overall, the Nuggets are 25-3 at home, with losses to the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards. That's it.
Lawson, the hottest Nugget in the past two months, actually only had 11 points, but made the big two, adding this clutch shot to his resume.
Asked about the final play, Nuggets coach George Karl said: "Ty had an option, we were trying to get a matchup for Ty or Gallo (Danilo Gallinari). They switched everything we had on the plan. Ty had the space. ...
"I think Ty is sustaining his special play for a longer period of time, and I'd like him to be more of a leader in our philosophies and our defensive (plays)."
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Nuggets beat Thunder on Ty Lawson's last-second shot
Denver Post | Mar 2