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JaVale McGee’s jumper nearly killed Jon Stewart

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Hilarity ensued last night at Madison Square Garden.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Madison Square Garden is one of the most famous arenas in the world, and for good reason. It seems that something entertaining happens there every single night.

During Monday night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks, that entertainment came from two unlikely places: Warriors’ center JaVale McGee, and comedian and political satirist Jon Stewart.

Let’s start at the beginning. In the third quarter of Golden State’s win, the Warriors started going on a serious burst. About halfway through the quarter, McGee mishandled a pass from Kevin Durant, chased down the loose ball, and decided “what the heck?”, before proceeding to take a turnaround, fadeaway jumper.

Not exactly something that McGee has built his career on. But it didn’t matter. The shot was pure money.

Stewart, sitting courtside as he so often does at MSG, could not believe what he had just witnessed.

We’ve all been there before. Our team’s opponent is seemingly making every shot imaginable, and it begins to feel like the basketball gods are conspiring against you, and toying with you in torturous ways. Stewart personified it beautifully.

After the game, McGee kept the joke running by posting Stewart’s face - sans caption - on his Instagram page.

He then changed his Twitter picture, just for added measure.

You can’t make this stuff up. Only in the NBA.