Just when you think you've seen it all, Rudy Fernandez pulls something new out of his bag of tricks. The Denver Nuggets guard pulled off a no-look, over-the-back tip at the third-quarter buzzer against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
A video of the incredible bucket is embedded above.
With time running down in the quarter, Corey Brewer throws up a desperation shot toward the hoop that is nowhere near the target. Luckily for the Nuggets, Fernandez comes running along the baseline and manages to tip it back toward the basket.
Sure enough, the tip bounces home as the buzzer sounds and the crowd goes wild. If Fernandez tries that same play 100 times, he might succeed five times. The amazing timing and precision of the tip forces you to watch the video a couple times to totally grasp what happened.
It will be interesting to see how the tip-in is treated in terms of the year's best plays. Since it happened in the third quarter, it might not receive the props it deserves due to the difficulty factor. It's a remarkably hard play to make while running at full speed in the opposite direction.
Fernandez finished the game with 12 points and six rebounds for Denver in a losing effort. His production off the bench has been a welcome addition to the Nuggets, who currently sit in second place in the Western Conference.
If he continues to make hustle plays like the tip-in, head coach George Karl will have no choice but to keep running him out there in key situations.
Hopefully, Karl doesn't expect him to make astonishing plays like that all the time, though. It's just not possible.