Emmanuel Mudiay Hit A Near Half-Court Game-Winner & The Non-Existent Crowd Went Crazy
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I’m sure you are familiar with the saying,”if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” How about if a rising star has a memorable game and hits an amazing game-winner and no one is around to cheer for it, does he still become a star?”
On Wednesday night, rookie Emmanuel Mudiay scored a game-high 27 points, grabbed a career-high 11 boards, dished out 4 assists and hit a near half-court game-winner against the 76ers.
“I knocked the ball out of his hands and he picked it up and made what seemed to be a double-clutch 3-pointer,” said 76ers’ T.J. McConnell. “It’s one of the craziest shots I’ve ever seen. There really isn’t much else to say.”
The game-winner was also Mudiay’s longest shot of his young career.
“I was thinking of March Madness because anything can happen.” Mudiay said of the game-winner.
Unfortunately not many people were in attendance to see it. The Nuggets vs 76ers aren’t exactly the hottest ticket in town to begin with and since Denver was getting hit by cold weather and blizzards all day, only a reported 10,684 people were in attendance – although I’m sure way, way less than 10,000 were still there for Mudiay’s shot and celebration, which involved a mid-air chest bump with still in the league Mike Miller (thankfully, he wasn’t hurt).
“A big shout-out to the fans who did come out and braved the elements. We really appreciate you,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone.
To put 10,000 attendees in perspective, 19,596 showed up to watch the Warriors and Clippers game; 20,562 were in attendance to see LeBron and the Cavs beat the Bucks; 21,7888 people showed up for the ESPN broadcasted game between the Knicks and Bulls.