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Austin Reaves’ last-second OT trey lifts Lakers past Mavericks

Austin Reaves’ last-second OT trey lifts Lakers past Mavericks

THRILLER. The Lakers celebrate as guard Austin Reaves nails the game-winner.

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The Lakers rally in the fourth quarter to force overtime, where undrafted rookie Austin Reaves knocks in the game-winning triple

Austin Reaves hit a three-pointer with one second left in overtime and LeBron James scored 24 points as the visiting Los Angeles Lakers won their third straight game, beating the Dallas Mavericks, 107-104, on Wednesday, December 15 (Thursday, December 16, Manila time).

Russell Westbrook had 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists for the Lakers, who rallied from a seven-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter and tied the game at 93 on Wayne Ellington’s trey with two seconds left in regulation.

The Lakers moved ahead 104-101 on Westbrook’s three-pointer with 24 seconds left in the extra period after Tim Hardaway Jr. had tied the game with his fourth trey.

The Mavericks tied the game at 104 on Maxi Kleber’s three-pointer with 15 seconds left before the rookie Reaves made his fourth triple to end the wild contest, which included 19 lead changes.

Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence and tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles, which won for the sixth time in its last eight games. Reaves finished with 15 points.

Jalen Brunson scored 25 points to lead Dallas. Kristaps Porzingis had 23 points and 12 rebounds while Hardaway had 20 points and 9 rebounds.

Dallas shot 12-of-44 (27.3%) from three-point range without star guard Luka Doncic, who missed his third straight game with left ankle soreness.

The Lakers played without Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, and Malik Monk, who all entered the league’s health and safety protocols.

James scored 10 points in the first quarter for the Lakers, who led 33-23 after shooting 57.9% from the field.

Dallas stormed back in the second quarter and used a 15-0 run to move ahead, 38-35, with 8:12 left in the half.

The Lakers were 5-of-22 shooting in the second quarter and trailed, 50-47, at the break. James had 15 points after closing the half with a three-pointer.

Los Angeles moved ahead, 63-57, midway through the third quarter after Avery Bradley’s thee-pointer capped a 16-3 run.

Dallas entered the fourth quarter tied at 73 and took an 85-78 lead when Brunson scored with 7:09 left to play. –