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Denver’s Will Barton bounces inbounds pass off defender’s back, picks it up for dunk

Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Hornets

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 05: Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets with the ball during the first quarter during their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on March 05, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

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It’s not just that Barton pulled this off, he pulled it off to tie the game with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Down two, the Denver Nuggets were inbounding the ball under their own basket. Denver would like to get the ball to Nikola Jokic — you know that, I know that, the guy making watered-down margaritas in the arena concourse knows that, and the Hornets defenders certainly know that. So Charlotte has Cody Zeller and Caleb Martin double-teaming Jokic to prevent the pass, with Martin fronting Jokic and putting his back to the ball.

That opened the door for Will Barton to make the clever play of the day, bouncing the pass off Martin’s backside.

Those points mattered. Denver ended up winning the game by two points on a game-winning fadeaway from Jamal Murray just a little less than five minutes later.