DeRozan hits game-winner as Spurs escape Mavs
DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball against the Dallas Mavericks on April 11, 2021 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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DeRozan hits game-winner as Spurs escape Mavs

(Agence France-Presse) - April 12, 2021 - 12:37pm

LOS ANGELES – DeMar DeRozan nailed the game-winner with less than a second to go to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 119-117 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday (Monday, Manila time), ending a five-game losing skid.

DeRozan finished with 33 points, Dejounte Murray chipped in 25 points and Lonnie Walker scored 13 for the Spurs, who now travel to Florida to play Orlando on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). 

Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Luka Doncic added 29 points, Josh Richardson scored 16 and Jalen Brunson hit for 11 points for the Mavericks, who have lost two of their past three. Porzingis fouled out with just over 74 seconds left.

Dallas tied the game 117-117 with 19 seconds left on a running jump shot by Doncic. 

Last-second winner

But DeRozan's precision shooting was on display all game long and especially in the fourth. With just seconds to go, the Spurs called a play for DeRozan. He dribbled the ball on the outside before shifting to the right and shooting over Mavs Dorian Finney-Smith to hit the game-winner.

In Cleveland, Zion Williamson scored 38 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans held on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-109.

Williamson made 16 of 22 from the floor and drained six free throws, Brandon Ingram added 27 points and rookie Naji Marshall scored a season-high 15 as the Pelicans beat the Cavs for the sixth straight time.

Also, Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 32 points, including eight threes, as the Atlanta Hawks edged the Charlotte Hornets 105-101.

Clint Capela had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks, who moved ahead of Charlotte and into fourth place in the standings.

Lou Williams scored on a tiebreaking drive to put the under-manned Hawks ahead with 58 seconds to go in the fourth.

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