LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Luka Doncic stepped back for a winning 3-pointer — on a tender ankle, no less.
Another installment in the ever-growing legend of Doncic.
Doncic’s deep shot at the buzzer capped a triple-double and the short-handed Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 135-133 in overtime Sunday to even the Western Conference playoff series at two games apiece.
Doncic finished with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists for his second straight triple-double.
“We know this kid has got a flair for the dramatic,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s a guy that lives for these moments.”
“One of the best feelings I’ve ever had as a player,” Doncic said about the winner. “Just something special.”
Dallas center Kristaps Porzingis sat out with right knee soreness.
Jazz 129, Nuggets 127: Donovan Mitchell scored 18 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter and Utah withstood a 50-point night from Jamal Murray to beat Denver and take a 3-1 West series lead. Mitchell was 15-for-27 from the floor and went 17-for-18 from the free throw line. He had 57 points in Game 1 and is averaging 39.5 points in the series. The Jazz can close it out in Game 5 on Tuesday. Murray, who hit a long 3-pointer near the buzzer, had the most-ever by a Denver player in a postseason game, surpassing Spencer Haywood’s mark of 45 in an ABA playoff contest on April 19, 1970.
Celtics 110, 76ers 106: Kemba Walker scored 32 points and Boston pulled away in fourth quarter to complete a first-round series sweep of Philadelphia. Jayson Tatum added 28 points and 15 rebounds for Boston. The Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals against defending champion Toronto. Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 30 points.
Raptors 150, Nets 122: Norman Powell scored 29 points, Serge Ibaka added 27 points and 15 rebounds and Toronto steamrolled into the East semifinals by routing Brooklyn to complete a four-game sweep. The Raptors lost Kyle Lowry to an ankle injury in the first quarter but the defending NBA champions had enough depth and power left to wrap up the first sweep in franchise history. Caris LeVert scored 35 points for Brooklyn.