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Video: JaVale McGee game winning putback dunk

Mar 22, 2012, 3:13 AM EDT

JaVale McGee had quite the debut with the Denver Nuggets — 15 points on the night including these two, which won the game.

The Nuggets were down 3 to Detroit — mostly because Ben Gordon had gone off for 45 points — when Arron Afflalo made a spinning layup with 5.6 seconds, and drew the and-1. He hits that free throw and this game likely heads to overtime.

Instead he missed it, but did you see how McGee stepped back toward the free throw line to create space with Greg Monroe then used his athleticism to just explode around him then get position. Then he hangs in the air while he waits for the ball to come off the cylinder.

There’s never been any question McGee had talent. We’ll see if George Karl and the Nuggets can get him to play smarter and use it those skills more.

  1. abchome - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Finally a legit play of the day.

  2. khadeemw - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Finally McGee gets to showcase in a meaningful game. I hope he can shed his goofball/klutz reputation by flawing with a respectable franchise because this guy has unlimited talent and is willing to play hard every night.

  3. Justin - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Never thought I would say this but that was a good, smart play…

  4. rooney24 - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    It was also a hustle play. Everyone else was just kind of standing around, assuming it would go in. If he can play hard, he might be in a better spot to learn to play the game well.

  5. unknowneric - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    And immediately following, he ran from the arena all the way to Chipotle, realized he forgot his wallet, ran all the way back, then slipped and fell.

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