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Overturned Doncic buzzer beater at half becomes unexpected big swing in Nuggets win

Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 20: Vlatko Cancar #31 of the Denver Nuggets celebrates with teammate DeAndre Jordan #6 after making a long range three point basket against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half at American Airlines Center on November 20, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. The Nuggets won 98-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

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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.

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.

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.