Carter beats buzzer, sends Mavs past Spurs 109-108
DALLAS (AP) Vince Carter hit a double-pump 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Dallas Mavericks a 109-108 victory in Game 3 and a first-round series lead over the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.
Carter took an inbound pass from Jose Calderon with 1.7 seconds left in the left corner. After a quick pump fake in front of Manu Ginobili, Carter released the ball just before the buzzer. The winning shot was held up on review.
Ginobili had given the Spurs a 108-106 lead on a layup before Dallas called timeout to set up the play for Carter.
Monta Ellis kept the Mavericks close in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 29 points.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 22 points.
Game 4 is Monday night in Dallas.