Rare buzzer-beater helps outmanned Nuggets beat Mavs 98-97

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Denver Nuggets forward Vlatko Cancar (31) gets lifted by teammate DeAndre Jordan after Cancar scored a 3-pointer at the end of the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. The Nuggets won 98-97. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) — Vlatko Cancar hit a buzzer-beater from near midcourt when the final 2 seconds of the first half were replayed after the break, and the outmanned Denver Nuggets went on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-97.

The Nuggets went to the locker room thinking they were down seven two nights after getting blown out in Dallas without two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and fellow starters Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon.

Instead, replay showed Dallas star Luka Doncic stepping out of bounds before a 3-pointer.

Cancar’s bucket got Denver within

Cancar’s bucket got Denver within 56-55. Michael Porter hit the deciding 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining.

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Bones Hyland scored a career-high 29 points for Denver. Josh Green had a career-best 23 for Dallas.