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NBA playoffs tracker: Luka Doncic hits buzzer beater to lift Mavs past Clippers in OT

Thanks to a 43-point triple-double and a buzzer-beater in overtime, Dallas evened its series with the Clippers on Sunday.

Day 7 of the NBA playoff bubble tipped off Sunday with a slate of Game 4s at the league’s campus at Walt Disney World in Florida. Action from the playoffs will be updated here throughout the day.

Luka Doncic could barely walk on Friday, and left Game 3 of the series early with an injured ankle.

Doncic, behind a massive 43-point triple-double, hit a buzzer-beater in overtime to lift the Mavericks past the Clippers 135-133 in overtime at Walt Disney World.

The Mavericks had fallen down early, too, dipping into a 21-point hole in the second quarter. Doncic, however, ran Dallas right back in it by the end of the third quarter. The Mavericks mounted an incredible 60-31 run to take an eight-point lead headed into the final period.

While the Clippers came back and evened the score by the end of regulation — and pulled up by one after a clutch Marcus Morris corner 3-pointer in the final seconds — it was Doncic’s final 3-pointer from the wing as time expired that finally sealed the deal and even the series.

Doncic finished the night with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists, marking the second-straight triple-double for the 21-year-old. Trey Burke dropped 25 points in the win while shooting 4-of-5 from behind the arc, and Tim Hardaway added 21 points. The Mavericks were without Kristaps Porzingis, who was a late scratch due to knee soreness.

Lou Williams led the Clippers with 36 points off the bench, shooting 13-of-20 from the field. Kawhi Leonard added 32 points and nine rebounds. Paul George struggled yet again, putting up only nine points while making just three of his 14 field goal attempts in the game.

“He’s just a very special player,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said, via USA Today. “This game today is from another planet.”

Things were still close Sunday when Tobias Harris suffered a frightening head injury that left blood on the court.

When Harris left the floor, the Boston Celtics took control of the game to secure a 110-106 win over the Philadelphia 76ers and a 4-0 sweep to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs. It was the first sweep in 15 playoff series between the two franchises.

Harris walked off the court clutching a towel to his head as Boston led 80-77 with 2:44 remaining.

The Celtics then scored the last nine points of the quarter to complete a 12-0 run that put an end to the 76ers’ hopes of avoiding a sweep at the hands of their rivals.

The injury occurred when Celtics forward Jayson Tatum unintentionally clipped Harris’ legs on a drive as Harris leapt to defend a layup. Harris landed hard on the court, and his head bounced off the hardwood.

Here is the play, Tobias Harris hits his head on the floorHe was able to walk on his own to the locker room. ?? pic.twitter.com/mbFBS0Lcju

He returned with 5:12 remaining in the fourth with Boston leading 102-90, but there was no heroic rally in store. Boston continued its postseason dominance of Philadelphia behind big games from Tatum and Kemba Walker.

Tatum finished with 28 points, 15 rebounds and four assists, while Walker tallied 32 points, four rebounds and four assists. The 76ers, playing without injured All-Star Ben Simmons, did not have the firepower to compete. They head into an offseason filled with questions and a potential roster shakeup.

Boston advances to face the winner between the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets, who face off later Sunday for Game 4 of their first-round series. Toronto leads, 3-0.


SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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