By Ben Golliver
Circus shots don't come much zanier than this one.
Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari hit a wild over-the-shoulder hook shot in the final minute of a 112-104 win over the Bucks in Denver on Tuesday night.
With 50 seconds remaining in regulation and the Nuggets leading 108-104, Gallinari picked up a loose ball and led a 3-on-1 fast break. He executed a quick give-and-go with Corey Brewer before attacking the paint against Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy.
The hard contact from Dunleavy came before Gallinari entered the restricted area, so he flipped up a hook shot over his right shoulder as he came crashing back to the court. The foul was never in doubt but the shot surely was, as it kissed high off the backboard, rolled all the way around the rim, hit off the backboard again, and then finally spun in off the rim.
The Nuggets' television broadcasters predictably lost their marbles, dubbing Gallinari's miracle the "shot of the century" and the "shot of the year."
By hitting the basket, Gallinari also pushed the Nuggets to 110 points, triggering a promotion in which fans can purchase four tacos for $1 at Taco Bell on Wednesday.
"They loved it for the tacos, I think," Gallinari said of his shot, during a televised postgame interview. "It was a good shot, an important shot."
The Italian forward finished with 22 points (on 7-of-14 shooting), six rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes. Ty Lawson added 22 points and seven assists for the Nuggets, who improved to 31-18 with their seventh consecutive victory. The Bucks fell to 25-22 despite a career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds from Samuel Dalembert in 27 minutes off the bench.
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