DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — It was a game with comeback rallies and crazy back and forth overtime play, but it ultimately ended with a last second lob and the Mavericks falling to the Lakers Wednesday night.
Rookie Austin Reaves swished the 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to give the LA a 107-104 victory over Dallas.READ MORE: Dallas ISD Inducts Its 4th Sports Hall of Fame Class
Reaves’ basket, his fifth from behind the arc on six tries, came from 25 feet on a kickout from Russell Westbrook. He had the Lakers’ only overtime points scored by someone other than the team’s Big Three of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Westbrook.
“There was about one second left, and I didn’t have anything to do but shoot it,” said Reaves, who played two seasons each at Wichita State and Oklahoma, signing a two-way contract with the Lakers in August that was converted to a regular contract in September. “Great pass, and I made a shot.”
James scored 24 points, Westbrook added 23 and Davis had his sixth double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds after missing two games with a sore left knee.
But it was the undrafted player who made sure they left with a victory.
“We’ve got a lot of trust in whoever’s on the floor, including the rook,” James said. “Obviously, it showed on that last possession.”
Jalen Brunson scored 25 points and Kristaps Porzingis had his eighth double-double this season with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, who played their third straight game without All-Star guard Luka Doncic.
“Man, it sucks,” Porzingis said, rubbing his face. “Oh, my god. We should have got this one.”READ MORE: Doug Dunbar Speaks One-On-One With Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker
Brunson said he’d seen Reaves play in college.
“He has game,” Brunson said. “You’ve got to respect him, and he was able to make shots.”
A 3-pointer by Westbrook gave the Lakers a 104-101 lead with 23.5 seconds left in overtime. Maxi Kleber tied the score with 15.2 left when he banked in a shot from 25 feet.
Los Angeles’ final possession didn’t follow Dallas’ defensive plan.
“We were going to foul with 10 seconds, make them reset and gives us a chance to reset, too,” said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd, who was a Lakers assistant during the past two seasons. “And we just didn’t get to the foul.”
James for 4 of 9 on 3-pointers, including a 35-foot swish near the midcourt logo in the third period.
Three Lakers were missing after entering the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol: center Dwight Howard, forward Talen Horton-Tucker and guard Malik Monk. Two of the 36-year-old Howard’s three starts this season came in the last two games with Davis out. Horton-Tucker scored a career-high 19 points in Sunday’s win over Orlando.MORE NEWS: Alaska, Texas Governors Sue Over National Guard Vaccine Rule
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