Rare buzzer beater helps overmatched Nuggets beat Mavs 98-97

Rare buzzer beater helps overmatched Nuggets beat Mavs 98-97

DALLAS (AP) — Vlatko Cancar hit a buzzer-beater from near midcourt in the final two seconds of the first half after halftime, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks by 98 on Sunday night -97.

The Nuggets went into the locker room thinking they were down seven on a 3-pointer by Dallas star Luka Doncic after getting blown out two nights earlier without two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and fellow starters Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon.

Instead, Doncic’s fellow Slovenian brought the Nuggets within a point, and the six-point swing paid off when Michael Porter Jr. hit the decisive three-pointer with 55 seconds left in the game.

A video review showed that Doncic went out of bounds before the shot in the second quarter, and because the teams were already off the court, the game had to be resumed from that point after halftime.

Denver coach Michael Malone put Cancar in the game, and he hit a running shot down the right sideline after taking the inbounds pass. Denver trailed 56-55 at halftime instead of 59-52.

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