In terms of attempts at game-winning buzzer beaters, “24-foot floater” is probably not the outcome any coach desires while drawing up a final play. And yet, Luka Doncic made it happen.
The Dallas Mavericks star stunned the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday with the most ridiculous of game-winners, an off-balance, one-footed, buzzer-beating, 3-point floater to give the Mavs a 114-113 win.
With 1.8 seconds remaining, Dallas inbounded the ball to Doncic, who was immediately picked up by Dillon Brooks. Somehow, Doncic squirmed around the defender, leapt forward and heaved a shot that had no business going in.
It went in.
Two words: Luka magic.
Doncic had just as much trouble as everyone else explaining the shot after the game.
That wizardry was the final play of another strong performance from Doncic, who posted 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting (3-of-10 from deep) with nine assists, five rebounds and two steals.
The win was pivotal for the 30-24 Mavericks, who put a full game between them and the Grizzlies for seventh place in the West and keep themselves in contention to avoid the play-in tournament. The Portland Trail Blazers sit only a game ahead for sixth place.