The first ever NBA game on the strip in Vegas produced some fireworks late. After an improbable Matt Barnes fade away three, the Nuggets led the Clippers by one with under 20 seconds left and Danilo Gallinari going to the line. Gallo split the two and the Clippers called time to advance the ball to midcourt and draw up a game winning play. On the possession before, Los Angeles had tried to go to Jamal Crawford who had scored their last eight points, but he was aggressively double teamed leading to the Barnes trey. With this in mind, the oft criticized Vinny Del Negro called the perfect play.
The Clips went on to lose the game on a Ty Lawson buzzer beater, but there are still plenty of positives to take away. Probably the biggest one is this more inventive crunch time play calling. The coaching staff saw what Denver was doing, adjusted and drew up the right play. I may be the only person on the planet saying this: kudos to Del Negro.