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Kyrie Irving hits a left-hander at the buzzer to lift the Mavericks past the Nuggets

Kyrie Irving hits a left-hander at the buzzer to lift the Mavericks past the Nuggets

Kyrie Irving called the game on Sunday afternoon.

Irving hit a floater from the free throw line at the buzzer to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 107-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Naturally, this sparked a huge celebration at the American Airlines Center.

“Great shot from Kyrie. “Give him all the credit,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. . “Yes, if someone was going to beat us with a left hook from the elbow, yes I did [like our defense]”.

The bucket came after Mavericks star Luka Dončić tied the game with a deep 3-pointer from behind the arc in the middle of the floor.

The Mavericks were right on top of the Nuggets for most of the game, but took a brief lead in the fourth quarter. The Nuggets finally regained the lead with less than 30 seconds left with a 14-2 run, including eight points from Jamal Murray. However, that was when Dončić hit his deep 3-pointer to tie the game. Then, after Murray missed a 14-foot shot at the other end, Irving made his shot and led the Mavericks to a two-point victory.

Murray led the Nuggets with 23 points and seven assists. Michael Porter Jr. added 20 points and seven rebounds, and Nikola Jokic added 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. The Nuggets, who had won five straight games heading into Sunday's game, had a 47-21 record.

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Doncic led the Mavericks with 37 points, nine rebounds and three assists in the win. Irving finished with 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Dereck Lively II was the only other player to score in double figures, adding 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

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The Mavericks, who have won five of their last six games, now have a 39-29 record. That puts them in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, just behind the Sacramento Kings.