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Luka's Falling Forward Buzzer Beating 3-Pointer Leads Mavericks Past Grizzlies By 1


Luka Doncic hit a leaning, lunging 3-pointer as time expired to give the Mavericks a 114-113 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.


Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle could only express amazement at the ending of a game that was close between two teams jockeying for postseason positioning.


But the 90.6% free throw shooter missed a pair of foul shots with 2.2 second left, setting the stage for Doncic’s winning basket.


On the ensuing inbounds play, Doncic split Memphis defenders Jonas Valanciunas and Dillon Brooks, began stumbling behind the 3-point line and flipped up the shot that swished through the net.


The Mavericks, sitting in seventh place in the West, gave themselves a bit of a buffer with the victory – extending their advantage to 2 1/2 games over the eighth-place Grizzlies.


Doncic, who struggled in the first half, scored 14 in the third quarter, but Memphis still maintained an 89-83 lead heading into the final period.






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