Dallas shouldn’t have had this come down to one play, they were facing a Denver team without Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray (both in health and safety protocols).
Instead, the game turned on an odd set of events just before halftime.
With time expiring before the half, Luka Doncic did what he does and drained an insane 3-pointer from way out on the wing. The clock expired and both teams went to the locker room.
Except, when the referees reviewed the play, Doncic had stepped out of bounds before the shot. The bucket was waived off, then rather than bring the teams out of the locker rooms to play the final two seconds of the half over, the officials decided to replay those two seconds before the start of the second half.
That’s when Doncic’s Slovenian teammate Vlatko Cancar drained a half-court buzzer-beater 3.
This moment in Nuggets-Mavs was WILD 👀
Luka beat the buzzer at halftime but it was waved off since he was out of bounds. Two seconds were put back on the clock then this happened 🤯
Mavs lost 98-97 pic.twitter.com/6MIfK1q2bH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 21, 2022
Denver went on to beat Dallas 98-97. One point.
Doncic thought the referees blew the initial call, that he was never out of bounds.
Luka Doncic in Mavs' locker room on wiped-off 3 at halftime buzzer: “I saw some videos. It doesn’t seem like it even touched the line. My heel was up.”
On Slovenian pal Vlatko Cancar's Q2 heave after half: "It’s a real momentum, you know, but we can’t say that decided the game.”
— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) November 21, 2022
For his part, Cancar says he practices this shot all the time just for these moments, and it paid off.
Despite the odd ending, it’s a punch-to-the-gut loss for the Mavericks, the kind of loss that matters in a tight West.
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Overturned Doncic buzzer beater at half becomes unexpected big swing in Nuggets win originally appeared on NBCSports.com