Dallas Mavericks: 5 best game-winning buzzer-beaters in franchise history
3. Blackman defeats Jazz
The Dallas Mavericks arrived in 1984. The trove of high draft picks from deals with the Cavaliers and their own turned into exciting talent. The Mavs were ready to make a playoff push. Ultimately, they qualified and defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round.
Before that, they were just a team fighting for playoff position. They went to Utah to face the Jazz on Feb. 25, 1984. Both teams were firmly in the race. The Jazz ultimately finished second in the Western Conference. They were led by Darrell Griffith and Adrian Dantley.
The Jazz came out strong grabbing a ten-point lead after the first quarter. Dallas fought right back, though. It was a seesaw game the entire time. Ultimately, it ended on a Rolando Blackman layup as time expired to give the Mavs a 97-95 victory. Blackman struggled from the field most of the game but hit the shot when they needed it most.
It was the first of two game-winning buzzer-beaters that Blackman hit as a Maverick. He had a walk-off free throw against the Nets in 1991 too.
Both teams would lose in the second round of the playoffs in 1983. It was a fantastic shot in a meaningful regular season game for the Mavericks.
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