There's an old line about how to win in basketball — it's not about X's and O's as much as Jimmies and Joes. But not, it seems, Zazas. The Atlanta coaching staff drew up a beautiful X's and O's play with 2.2 seconds left Tuesday night, but Zaza Pachulia missed an open layup in the final ticks of overtime and the Nuggets escaped with a 118-117 victory at the Pepsi Center. On the final play, Denver zeroed in on Hawks star Joe Johnson. After a pick pushed Arron Afflalo out of the play, Al Harrington picked up Johnson. But with the ball being inbounded from under the basket, somehow Pachuliua slipped into the lane untouched, until Danilo Gallinari spotted Zaza.
Nuggets rally behind Gallinari, Nene to beat Atlanta 118-117 in OT
Denver Post | Mar 14