WATCH: Lakers Rookie Austin Reaves Hits The Game Winning Three to Win Overtime Thriller vs Mavericks

Published 12/15/2021, 10:56 PM EST
Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; The Los Angeles Lakers celebrate guard Austin Reaves (15) making a three point shot to defeat the Dallas Mavericks during overtime at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


This was a classic NBA night with yet another overtime thriller between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. The game had the fans at the edge of their seats for the greater part as the Lakers came out on top. A late game three by Ellington sent the game to overtime. Then, it was the rookie Austin Reaves who sealed the deal.

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The Mavericks and Lakers both came in chasing their third straight win. The Mavericks continue to be shorthanded, with Luka Doncic missing due to injury. However, Kristaps Porzingis and Jalen Brunson came up big as a duo once again. That wasn’t enough to get through the Lakers ‘Big 3’.

Nov 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) guard Avery Bradley (20) and guard Austin Reaves (15) celebrate the overtime victory against the Charlotte Hornets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

However, Austin Reaves came up big the entire night as well.

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Austin Reaves wins it for the Lakers

After a sequence of threes from both sides, the game was level. With 13 seconds on the clock, the Lakers had the inbound in attempts to win the game. With the ball in Westbrook’s hand, he collapsed the defense by making his way in. He kicked it out to Austin Reaves who sealed the deal with no hesitation.

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It was a night to remember for the rookie. While the ‘Big 3’ definitely showed out, Reaves came in big off the bench. He added 15 points while shooting 5-6 from downtown. The Lakers ‘Big 3’ combined for 67 points tonight. Westbrook and Anthony Davis came in huge in overtime as the Lakers get their third straight win for the first time this season.

It was a heartbreak for the Dallas fans as their team fought till the end. The duo of Porzingis and Brunson made life tough for the purple and gold. Combining for 48 points, they were the main anchors. After a slow start, Tim Hardaway Jr. made some big threes. However, the night belonged to the undrafted rookie from Oklahoma who nailed one of the biggest shots of his young career.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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