Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter (25) celebrates with forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) after hitting the game winning shot during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Photo by Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
DALLAS - Vince Carter drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 109-108 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in game three of their opening round NBA playoff series.
Carter caught an inbounds pass from Jose Calderon in the left side corner and faked Manu Ginobili of the Spurs. His off-balance shot sailed cleanly through the net.
Moments earlier, Ginobili had given the Spurs a two-point lead with a running bank shot with 1.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with game four set for Monday in Dallas.
It marked the second straight win in the series for the Mavericks, who had tied the series with a 113-92 road victory Wednesday to snap a 10-game losing streak to the Spurs.
The series could easily have been 3-0 for Dallas, but the Mavericks squandered a double-digit fourth-quarter lead in game one.
San Antonio have won four of the last five games in Dallas.
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