JaVale McGee celebrates rare three-pointer
by Tim McGarry, USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Clippers were riding a franchise-record 17-game win streak heading into the New Year.
Then JaVale McGee happened.
With 1.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter of Tuesday’s game between the Clippers and Nuggets, McGee received an inbound pass and knocked down a three-pointer — the first three-pointer of his career. The shot gave the Nuggets a comfortable 16-point lead en route to a 92-78 win over the Clippers.
Naturally, McGee followed up the tremendous shot with a tremendous celebration.
Andre Miller and JaVale McGee described the sequence to the Denver Post:
“I saw Lamar Odom sitting in the paint, so I told (McGee) if he gets open to shoot the ball,” Miller said. “I didn’t think he would step out to 3 — I thought he’d go out to 15 feet and take the 15-footer. But it was a big energy change going into the fourth. His stroke looked nice. It looked better than mine.”
It was McGee’s first-ever 3-pointer, and he celebrated with a little dance in which he said he was “stirring the pot, then tasting it. I just wanted to show everybody that I have the most creative 3-point celebrations in the league.”… [For more on JaVale McGee celebrates rare three-pointer with odd celebration, click here.]