Maxi Kleber Makes Winning Buzzer-Beater to Give Mavericks Victory Over Lakers
Maxi Kleber’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer, assisted by Kyrie Irving, led the Dallas Mavericks to a spectacular 111-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Luka Doncic’s absence due to injury made Kleber’s performance all the more remarkable. The German player has repeatedly delivered big shots against the Lakers, just like his teammate Doncic, and the Mavericks showed their appreciation to Kleber with celebrations on the court after his game-winning shot. Kleber had six points in the last 7.2 seconds of the game and finished with 10 points overall.
The Final Play
The winning play started after Anthony Davis made a foolish foul against Kleber on a 3-point attempt. Kleber hit three free throws to narrow the lead to two. Davis was then fouled by the Mavericks and only scored one of his two free throws. In the last few seconds, Irving drew a double-team and found Kleber behind Davis’ outstretched arms for an open 3-pointer, which he coolly hit to claim the victory.
This buzzer-beater was a fantastic redemption for Kleber, who recently threw away an inbounds pass with only 1.8 seconds left on the clock, giving the San Antonio Spurs an opportunity to score and go on to defeat the Lakers in overtime. The decisive play against the Lakers showed the Mavericks’ trust in one another and Irving’s ability to lead the team.
Davis’ Disappointing Performance
Anthony Davis had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers but made some crucial errors in the last few minutes of the game, contributing to the Lakers’ defeat. The team also missed 12 of their 31 free-throw attempts, giving Dallas an opportunity to make an epic comeback. Austin Reaves got 16 points while Dennis Schröder had 15 points.
The Lakers without LeBron James
The Lakers played without LeBron James, who missed his 10th straight game due to injury. The Lakers are currently 5-5 when James is not available. James is expected to be re-examined when the Lakers take on the Orlando Magic on Sunday night. The Mavericks, on the other hand, will battle the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.