Weird buzzer-beater helps outmanned Nuggets beat Mavs 98-97

DALLAS (AP) — Vlatko Cancar hit a buzzer-beater from near midcourt when the final 2 seconds of the first half were replayed after the break, and the outmanned Denver Nuggets went on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-97 on Sunday night.

The Nuggets went to the locker room thinking they were down seven on a buzzer-beating 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 Slovenian countryman brought the Nuggets within a point, and the six-point swing paid off when Michael Porter Jr. hit the deciding 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining in the game.

A video review showed Doncic stepped out of bounds before the second-quarter shot, and since the teams were already off the court, the game had to be picked up from that point after the break.

Denver coach Michael Malone put Cancar in the game, and he hit the running heave from near the right sideline after taking the inbound pass. Denver trailed 56-55 at halftime instead of 59-52.

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