Talk about one heck of a way to start the holiday season off. After trailing by 17 at halftime, the Mavericks fought back to beat the Grizzlies 95-94 on a Harrison Barnes three pointer off the glass with .5 seconds remaining.
Inbounding with 0.5 seconds left … Harrison Barnes called game. pic.twitter.com/nzd2ZiiTD8
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 23, 2017
This game was full of ups and downs for the Mavs and it was only fitting to end in dramatic fashion.
In the first half, Dallas couldn’t hit a shot to save their lives as they only shot 35.6% from the field, while Memphis shot 52.4%. Deyonta Davis and Tyrese Evans both dominated off the bench in the first half, leaving the Mavs down 56-39.
The second half was a completely different story. In the third, Dallas started raining threes and possibly played the most physical, efficient defense yet this season. Dennis Smith Jr. scored 11 of his 17 points in the third to help the Mavs take a 74-72 lead into the fourth.
Dallas had been in close game situations like this prior in the season but couldn’t figure out how to capture the victory. Tonight, they figured it out.
Each team scored back and forth in the final frame, leading the game down to the final minute. Dallas held a 92-89 lead as Yogi Ferrell went to line for two shots. Yogi missed both free throws, leading to a Marc Gasol three at the top of the arc to tie the game with 28.5 seconds remaining.
Out of the timeout, Dennis Smith Jr’s jumper rims out followed by a tip-in by JaMychal Green with .3 seconds left. The shot was at first called no basket but after the review, the call was reversed and Grizzlies went up two with .5 left.
Now with .5 seconds remaining, there’s not much you can do. It’s either a quick catch and shoot or a lob. Even though Dirk probably really wanted the lob for a thunderous slam, Carlisle went with the catch and shoot.
DSJ passed the ball in to Harrison Barnes at the top of the arc and launched the three over the hands of rookie Dillon Brooks. Bank. Splash. Game. Barnes banked in the three to win the game at the buzzer and the dog pile ensued.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 23, 2017
Barnes scored seven of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. DSJ scored 17 and JJ Barea notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists.
Following the victory, Rick Carlisle talked about the fight in this Mavericks team, despite their record.“At times like this, it’s how deep can you dig? Nobody is making excuses, nobody wants to hear it. A group of guys have to band together and find a way.”
The Mavericks have a few days off through Thanksgiving until the Thunder come to town on Saturday.
We got the win, but most importantly, did Harrison call glass?
“No, sir. No, sir.”
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