Dallas Mavericks: 5 best game-winning buzzer-beaters in franchise history

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowtitzki (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks have produced plenty of game-winning buzzer-beaters in their 40 years as an NBA franchise. Here is a look at the top five.

The Dallas Mavericks celebrated their 40th anniversary of becoming an NBA franchise on May 1. There have been a ton of memorable moments over those four decades. The crown jewel is Dirk Nowitzki bringing the 2011 championship to Dallas, but fans are flush with them.

Plenty more appear on the horizon, as well. Luka Doncic is already a superstar and top-five player in the NBA as a 21-year-old. Kristaps Porzingis flanks Luka as a bona fide second star. The Mavs are on the verge of ending their playoff drought. They have a bright future.

Basketball-Reference keeps a list of all the game-winning buzzer-beaters in NBA history. For a shot to qualify, the shooter’s team has to be trailing or tied, and the shot has to sink with no time left on the clock. Dirk’s layup in game two of the 2011 finals is a game-winner, but there are still 3.6 seconds remaining so it is not a buzzer-beater.

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The Dallas Mavericks have produced 23 game-winning buzzer-beaters in their first 40 seasons. They became a franchise in 1980 but had to wait until 1983 before they got their first one. Nowitzki has the most in Mavs history with three.

Each time it is an exhilarating shot. It is basketball’s equivalent to the walk-off home run. Some may be a bit more special than others, though. Here is a look at the top five game-winning buzzer-beaters in Dallas Mavericks history.

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