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Doncic’s 3 at buzzer leads Mavericks past Grizzlies 114-113

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

Doncic ended the night with 29 points, while Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points. Dwight Powell had 12 points.

Grayson Allen led the Grizzlies with 23 points, but the 90.6% free throw shooter missed a pair of foul shots with 2.2-second lefts, setting the stage for Doncic’s winning 3 in the matchup of teams jockeying for postseason positioning. Sitting in seventh place in the West, the Mavericks gave themselves a bit of a buffer with the victory – extending their advantage to 2 1/2 games over the eighth-place Grizzlies.

The teams played close in the first half, shooting nearly 50% from the field and taking care of the basketball with minimal turnovers. Allen scored 17 points in the half to help Memphis to a 60-57 lead at intermission.

Porzingis had 12 points for Dallas, missing only one of his six shots in the half.

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.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Played their only road game out of a stretch of nine games. … Improved to 17-12 on the road. … Max Kleber passed Hubert Davis in the first quarter for 17th on the Mavericks career 3-pointers list. Davis, recently hired as North Carolina’s head coach, had 306. Grizzlies: Announced they signed G Tim Frazier to a 10-day contract. … Allen shot 4 of 5 in the first quarter, scoring 14 points. … Morant passed O.J.O.J.o for 12th on the team’s career assists list.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the New York Knicks on Friday

Grizzlies: Open a seven-game road trip on Friday in Chicago.

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