Ian Mahinmi of the Dallas Mavericks hits a buzzer-beating three-pointer to close the third quarter of the 2011 NBA Finals. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Dallas Mavericks reserve big man dropped in a huge buzzer-beating 3-pointer to close the third quarter of the 2011 NBA Finals. Mahinmi was near the free throw line when Jason Terry found him with a pass and the clock running down. Mahinmi caught, turned and fired, sinking the basket as time expired.
The Mavericks bench predictably exploded as the bucket pushed Dallas to a 81-72 lead after three quarters.
Mahinmi is the unlikeliest of heroes as he is only playing because the usual second-string center, Brendan Haywood, has been limited by a hip flexor injury suffered in Game 2. Haywood played briefly in game 4 but sat out Game 3 and Game 5. He has not appeared in Game 6.
After the basket, the Mavericks were just 12 minutes from their first title in franchise history. They entered Sunday night leading the Finals series, 3-2.