Carter beats buzzer, sends Mavs past Spurs 109-108

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Carter, Mavs Win At Buzzer

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 eight-seeded Mavericks close in the fourth quarter and finished with 29 points.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 22 points.

Game 4 is Monday night in Dallas.

Ginobili, who scored 12 points, dribbled out most of the last 24 seconds before going around Duncan and scoring over Samuel Dalembert. His go-ahead shot spun around the rim and almost came out before falling in.

The Mavericks kept the home-court advantage they earned by taking Game 2 in San Antonio, even though the Spurs held Dirk Nowitzki under 20 points in a third straight playoff game for the first time since they did it to him in his first postseason in 2001. The big German finished with 18.

Dallas still had a chance in the closing seconds because of Ellis, who had a playoff career high that included 12 fourth-quarter points. He tied the score twice in the final 1:10, first with a three-point play on a floater after he was fouled by Boris Diaw.

After Diaw put the Spurs back in front with a baseline jumper, Ellis hit another high floater in the lane with 24.9 seconds left, setting up Ginobili's dramatic shot.

Tony Parker had 19 points, but just two after halftime for the Spurs. Tiago Splitter had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard awoke from a series-long slumber with 17 points, including a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

Dalembert did most of his damage in the first half but still made his presence felt in the third quarter and finished 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

The 32-year-old journeyman center dove for a loose ball to get the crowd on its feet, and then knocked Leonard to the floor when the San Antonio forward was driving for a dunk. After the play, he shook his head as if to say "don't bring that in here."

Referees originally called Dalembert for a flagrant foul, but reversed it on replay. Leonard missed both free throws.

Calderon had 16 points, including 10 during a fast Dallas start in the first quarter. He also had nine assists.

Parker finished the first quarter with 12 on 6-of-8 shooting and fueled a run that put the Spurs up 34-27 going to the second.

Dalembert put the Mavericks back in front by catching a pass from Calderon on the run and scoring for a 50-49 lead. Then Ellis hit a 3-pointer after a cross-court pass from Shawn Marion, who followed with back-to-back 3s.

NOTES: Marion went to Chicago immediately after Dallas' Game 2 win in San Antonio for the birth of his first child, a boy. He celebrated a little early with 20 points against the Spurs, the most for him in the playoffs since the 2011 NBA Finals. ... Dalembert had nine points and nine rebounds in the first half.

Carter beats buzzer, sends Mavs past Spurs 109-108
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the basket against Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks and Jose Calderon #8 of the Dallas Mavericks during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 26, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Vince Carter #25 of the Dallas Mavericks goes in for the lay up against Marco Belinelli #3 of the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
The Dallas Mavericks' Vince Carter and teammate Dirk Nowitzki, right, celebrate following Carter's game-winning three-point shot against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of of a Western Conference quarterfinal at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Carter's jumper as time expired lifted the Mavs to a 109-108 win and a 2-1 series lead. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, middle, talks with his team during a timeout before Vince Carter's game-winning three-point shot against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of of a Western Conference quarterfinal at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Carter's jumper as time expired lifted the Mavs to a 109-108 win and a 2-1 series lead. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Monta Ellis #11 of the Dallas Mavericks floats in for the lay up against Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
The San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili hits a go-ahead shot with 1.7 seconds remaing against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of of a Western Conference quarterfinal at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Dallas rallied for a 109-108 win and a 2-1 series lead. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Vince Carter #25 of the Dallas Mavericks puts up the tough lay up against Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Monta Ellis #11 of the Dallas Mavericks drives against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Vince Carter #25 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the game winning three pointer against Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks drives the lane against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks faces up against Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs leads his team against the Dallas Mavericks during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 26, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Monta Ellis #11 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots a foul shot against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Vince Carter #25 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the game winning shot as the Mavericks beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-108 during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 26, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
The Dallas Mavericks' Vince Carter (25) watches his game-winning three-point shot fall against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of of a Western Conference quarterfinal at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Carter's 3-pointer as time expired lifted the Mavs to a 109-108 win and a 2-1 series lead. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
The Dallas Mavericks' Vince Carter (25) hits the game-winning three-point shot over the San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili in Game 3 of of a Western Conference quarterfinal at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Carter's jumper as time expired lifted the Mavs to a 109-108 win and a 2-1 series lead. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Vince Carter #25 of the Dallas Mavericks hits the game winning shot against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 26: Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs goes up for the layup against the Dallas Mavericks during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
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