The Nuggets needed a miracle in the final seconds Sunday night.

But Chauncey Billups was playing for the other team.

And Tim Tebow was sitting in the front row.

Billups, Mr. Big Shot, wouldn't help the Nuggets in his comeback, and Mr. Big Play, Tebow, couldn't help the Nuggets come back.

In his return home, Chauncey flopped.


He should have majored in theater at George Washington High School.

With time running down, the Nuggets, trailing the Clippers by two, got what seemed like the ideal situation — the 6-foot-11 Nene guarded by Billups, 8 inches shorter. The two old friends and new foes were isolated about 15 feet from the basket.