The Dallas Mavericks made an improbable comeback to top the Memphis Grizzlies 114-113 on April 14. Dillon Brooks did well at slowing down Luka Doncic in the first half, but the 22-year-old got going in the final 24 minutes, including nailing the game-winning buzzer-beater. It turned into an incredible night for Luka and the Mavs, despite things looking bleak late.
The Mavs trailed virtually the entire game on Wednesday night. Every time they closed the gap, Memphis would race back out to a six-point lead. Doncic had just four points as Dallas trailed by three at halftime. He got going in the third quarter, but Memphis grew their lead to six heading into the fourth. The Grizzlies were up by five with under two minutes remaining. They had a chance to ice it at the line with just two seconds left, but Grayson Allen missed two free throws. That left the door open for some Luka magic.
Doncic delivered with an unbelievable game-winner on April 14. Here is a closer look at his performance and the improbable shot that lifted Dallas to their 30th win of the season.
Luka Doncic calls game as Dallas Mavericks top Memphis Grizzlies
Luka and the Mavs struggled from 3-point range in Memphis. The 22-year-old did not connect from long range until just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter, and Dallas finished just 13 of 40 on their threes. Doncic got it going by attacking in the paint. See him slam on the breaks for a fancy finish below.
Luka’s 14-point third quarter kept Dallas in the game, but it was the team’s 31-point fourth quarter that secured the improbable victory. The Mavericks stuck together and refused to give up. They extended the game by fouling and forced Memphis to win it at the line. The Grizzlies missing two late free throws opened the door for Doncic to hit this game-winning buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
It was an unbelievable make that gave Luka Doncic 29 points on Wednesday night. How he nailed the shot from that distance while falling down is incredible. It was not Luka’s first game-winner of the season, but it was certainly his most impressive.
He also chipped in five rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and one block in 34 minutes of action in Memphis. Luka finished ten of 20 from the field in what looked like it was going to be an off night at halftime. The 22-year-old has proven he is clutch, which makes the Mavericks even more dangerous in the playoffs.
The win pushes the Dallas Mavericks to just one game behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the coveted sixth seed in the Western Conference. Every game will be important down the stretch as the Mavs look to move up and avoid the play-in tournament.
Dallas kicks off a crucial five-game homestand on Friday night against the New York Knicks on ESPN. They will be looking to make it a winning streak as the Mavericks try to sweep the season series from Kristaps Porzingis’ former team. Do not miss a second of the action.