Missing two game-winning shots in a week might damage the confidence of some NBA players. In February, Nuggets swingman Will Barton misfired on a pair of three-pointers in two straight nights at the end of regulation that could’ve given his team the lead, the first a wild 34-footer against the Boston Celtics and the second a wide open look from the top of the arc against the San Antonio Spurs.

Denver fell short in both games. Yet later that week against Golden State, Barton was back out there in the fourth quarter going about his business as if his gaffes were ancient history. He scored 10 of his team-high 25 points in the final 12 minutes of play as the Nuggets earned an upset win over the back-to-back champs.

“They always slept on me, so I had to be my biggest fan,” Barton said afterwards from behind aviator sunglasses.

In October, Barton bet big on himself by turning down a reported four-year, $42 million extension from the Nuggets. It was a lot of money for a reserve whose three-year, $10.6 million deal was set to expire at the end of the season. Barton felt he could get something even better. On Sunday, that gamble paid off as he agreed to a four-year, $54 million with the Nuggets that will allow him to spend his prime years in Denver.

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Christian Clark
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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the Missouri football team’s boycott in 2015. It led to University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe’s resignation and had so many other ripple effects. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.