*

upload_article_image

Doncic's 3 at buzzer leads Mavericks past Grizzlies 114-113

Luka Doncic hit a leaning, lunging 3-pointer as time expired to give the Dallas Mavericks a 114-113 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

Doncic ended the night with 29 points, while Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points. Dwight Powell had 12 points.

Grayson Allen led the Grizzlies with 23 points, but the 90.6% free throw shooter missed a pair of foul shots with 2.2 second lefts, setting the stage for Doncic’s winning 3 in the matchup of teams jockeying for postseason positioning.

Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reach for a jump ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP PhotoBrandon Dill)

The Mavericks, sitting in seventh place in the West, gave themselves a bit of a buffer with the victory – extending their advantage to 2 1/2 games over the eighth-place Grizzlies.

The teams played closely in the first half, both shooting near 50% from the field and taking care of the basketball with minimal turnovers. Allen scored 17 points in the half to help Memphis to a 60-57 lead at intermission.

Porzingis had 12 points for Dallas, missing only one of his six shots in the half.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP PhotoBrandon Dill)

Doncic, who struggled in the first half, scored 14 in the third quarter, but Memphis still maintained a 89-83 lead heading into the final period.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Played their only road game out of a stretch of nine games. ... Improved to 17-12 on the road. ... Max Kleber passed Hubert Davis in the first quarter for 17th on the Mavericks career 3-pointers list. Davis, recently hired as North Carolina's head coach, had 306.

Dallas Mavericks guard JJ Redick handles the ball between Memphis Grizzlies center Xavier Tillman (2) and guard Tyus Jones (21) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP PhotoBrandon Dill)

Grizzlies: Announced they signed G Tim Frazier to a 10-day contract. ... Allen shot 4 of 5 in the first quarter, scoring 14 points. ... Morant passed O.J. Mayo for 12th on the team’s career assists list.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the New York Knicks on Friday

Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (17) grabs a rebound between guard Grayson Allen (3), Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10), and forward Kyle Anderson (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP PhotoBrandon Dill)

Grizzlies: Open a seven-game road trip on Friday in Chicago.

More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) jumps to shoot against Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (15) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP PhotoBrandon Dill)

Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell finishes a dunk against Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (15) and guard Tyus Jones (21) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP PhotoBrandon Dill)

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson drives ahead of Memphis Grizzlies center Xavier Tillman (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP PhotoBrandon Dill)

Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen (3) falls on Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP PhotoBrandon Dill)

Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP PhotoBrandon Dill)