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Doncic passes up shot at winner as T-Wolves top Mavs 110-108

DALLAS (AP) �� Luka Doncic has drawn plenty of comparisons to LeBron James during a sensational rookie season for the Dallas Mavericks.

If the 20-year-old Slovenian passes up a potential winning shot in a playoff race one of these days the same way he did in a late-season matchup of also-rans, Doncic will be tied to James in a way he might not like as much.

Doncic deferred to Jalen Brunson on a 3-pointer that the fellow rookie missed at the buzzer after Andrew Wiggins hit a go-ahead layup for the Minnesota, and the Timberwolves turned away a fourth-quarter Dallas rally in a 110-108 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.

While he shot just 23% from long range in March and was cold again in his first April game, Doncic had given the Mavericks one of their late leads with the same step-back 3 that has drawn comparisons to reigning MVP James Harden.

But with the clock at 1.1 seconds and Doncic in position for another step-back attempt above the key, he slipped a pass to Brunson on the left wing. If the shot from the two-time NCAA champion from Villanova had gone in, it would have required a replay to see if Brunson got it off in time.

Earlier in his career, James was occasionally criticized for passing up shots late in games.

"For me it's not a question," said Doncic, who had 27 points and 12 rebounds after missing two games with a right thigh contusion. "I trusted him. The whole team trusted him. It was a great shot. Sometimes it's not going to go in."

Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 13 rebounds as the Timberwolves won for the third time in 11 games and avoided a three-game season sweep by Dallas, which trailed by 12 early in the fourth.

Wiggins scored 19 points, including a tiebreaking layup on an assist from Josh Okogie with 19 seconds remaining.

On the final play, Doncic created separation on Okogie to set up for the step-back try, while Tyus Jones came off Brunson to run at Doncic, prompting the pass.

"That was a great possession," Towns said. "Tyus pulled all the way over, getting the ball out of Luka's hands and getting it to Brunson's hands. To get the ball out of his hands and put it in Brunson's, it falls in our favor."

Dwight Powell finished a point off his career high with 25 for Dallas.

Dirk Nowitzki, who has just two home games remaining in what is expected to be the 40-year-old's final season, scored nine points. The Mavericks were coming off their first two-game winning streak since early February.

Nowitzki scored his first seven points in the first 3½ minutes of the second quarter after joining a presentation from Dallas County officials, who a day earlier declared April the "month of Dirk" while honoring him for recently passing Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the career scoring list.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Jones scored 15, and Dario Saric added 14. ... Wiggins had a game-high seven assists. ... The assist on Wiggins' go-ahead basket was the only one of the game for Okogie.

Mavericks: F Dorian Finney-Smith sat with a cut on his mouth. He was the only player to appear in all 77 Dallas games coming in. ... Brunson scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter, but had his 15-game streak of double-digit scoring stopped. ... After making two 3s in a game for the first time in his career in a win over Philadelphia, 7-foot-2 center Salah Mejri missed all four from long range but made all five from inside the arc and scored 11 points.

COLD TO HOT

Towns was 12 of 15 from the field after shooting 35% (27 for 78) in his previous four games. "I've been on a very rough stretch, to say the least," said Towns, who scored at least 30 in both of the previous Dallas meetings. "My dad always taught me you want to be the guy, no matter how bad you're shooting from the field or in the game, when the game's on the line you've gotta make the shot. It's good to have some confidence from a game like tonight."

STILL COLD

Doncic was 2 of 8 from 3 is shooting 23 percent from beyond the arc since March 1. But he wasn't the only cold Dallas shooter. Nowitzki, playing a record 21st season with the same franchise, was 1 of 8 as the Mavericks shot 18% (7 of 39) from beyond the arc.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Miami at home Friday.

Mavericks: Memphis at home Friday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:44   Andrew Wiggins missed jump shot  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
11:24   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
11:14   Defensive rebound by Jalen Brunson  
11:09   Shooting foul on Josh Okogie  
11:09   Justin Jackson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:06   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
10:49 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made jump shot, assist by Andrew Wiggins 2-0
10:35 +2 Dwight Powell made alley-oop shot, assist by Luka Doncic 2-2
10:22 +3 Dario Saric made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andrew Wiggins 5-2
10:09   Jalen Brunson missed floating jump shot  
10:07   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
9:58 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made jump shot, assist by Tyus Jones 7-2
9:36 +3 Justin Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jalen Brunson 7-5
9:21 +3 Andrew Wiggins made 3-pt. jump shot 10-5
9:02 +2 Dwight Powell made finger-roll layup, assist by Jalen Brunson 10-7
9:02   Shooting foul on Dario Saric  
9:02 +1 Dwight Powell made free throw 10-8
8:48 +2 Andrew Wiggins made driving layup 12-8
8:34   Luka Doncic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:30   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
8:27   Personal foul on Jalen Brunson  
8:20   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:17   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
8:11 +2 Luka Doncic made finger-roll layup 12-10
7:53 +2 Dario Saric made driving layup 14-10
7:35 +2 Justin Jackson made floating jump shot, assist by Luka Doncic 14-12
7:25   Tyus Jones missed floating jump shot  
7:13 +2 Justin Jackson made layup, assist by Dwight Powell 14-14
6:53 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made hook shot 16-14
6:43   Bad pass turnover on Salah Mejri, stolen by Andrew Wiggins  
6:32   Josh Okogie missed dunk, blocked by Salah Mejri  
6:29   Defensive rebound by Justin Jackson  
6:17   Salah Mejri missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:15   MIN team rebound  
6:13   Maxi Kleber missed dunk  
5:58   Dario Saric missed reverse layup  
5:55   Defensive rebound by Salah Mejri  
5:53 +2 Salah Mejri made dunk, assist by Justin Jackson 16-16
5:30   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
5:23   Luka Doncic missed jump shot  
4:54   Luka Doncic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:50   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
4:41 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made driving dunk, assist by Tyus Jones 21-16
4:41   Shooting foul on Salah Mejri  
4:41 +1 Karl-Anthony Towns made free throw 22-16
4:07 +2 Luka Doncic made turnaround jump shot, assist by Justin Jackson 24-18
3:54 +2 Tyus Jones made jump shot 26-18
3:41   Bad pass turnover on Luka Doncic, stolen by Keita Bates-Diop  
3:24   Josh Okogie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:10   Maxi Kleber missed turnaround jump shot  
2:57 +2 Keita Bates-Diop made driving layup, assist by Tyus Jones 28-18
2:37 +2 Salah Mejri made layup, assist by Justin Jackson 28-20
2:16 +2 Cameron Reynolds made jump shot, assist by Gorgui Dieng 30-20
1:59 +2 Trey Burke made jump shot, assist by Justin Jackson 30-22
1:47   Personal foul on Salah Mejri  
1:38   Gorgui Dieng missed fade-away jump shot  
1:35   Defensive rebound by Salah Mejri  
1:05   Keita Bates-Diop missed jump shot  
1:05   DAL team rebound  
1:05   Personal foul on Anthony Tolliver  
0:53   Trey Burke missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:53   DAL team rebound  
0:53   Salah Mejri missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:53   DAL team rebound  
0:53 +1 Salah Mejri made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-25
0:41   Personal foul on Salah Mejri  
0:41 +1 Gorgui Dieng made 1st of 2 free throws 31-25
0:41 +1 Gorgui Dieng made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-25
0:32   Dwight Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:10   Bad pass turnover on Anthony Tolliver, stolen by Dwight Powell  
0:08 +2 Dwight Powell made layup 32-27
0:00   Shooting foul on Trey Burke  
0:00   Jerryd Bayless missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:00   MIN team rebound  
0:00   Jerryd Bayless missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Dirk Nowitzki  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Shooting foul on Jerryd Bayless  
11:48 +1 Dwight Powell made 1st of 2 free throws 32-28
11:48 +1 Dwight Powell made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-29
11:35 +2 Gorgui Dieng made jump shot 34-29
11:12 +3 Dirk Nowitzki made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Courtney Lee 34-32
10:58   Anthony Tolliver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:56   Defensive rebound by Courtney Lee  
10:45   Defensive rebound by Jerryd Bayless  
10:30   Defensive rebound by Devin Harris  
10:16 +2 Dirk Nowitzki made jump shot, assist by Trey Burke 34-34
9:55   Gorgui Dieng missed jump shot  
9:52   Defensive rebound by Courtney Lee  
9:37   Bad pass turnover on Courtney Lee, stolen by Andrew Wiggins  
9:34   Shooting foul on Devin Harris  
9:34 +1 Andrew Wiggins made 1st of 2 free throws 35-34
9:34 +1 Andrew Wiggins made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-34
9:18   Defensive rebound by Cameron Reynolds  
9:13   Offensive foul on Anthony Tolliver  
9:13   Offensive foul on Anthony Tolliver  
8:57   Shooting foul on Cameron Reynolds  
8:57 +1 Devin Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-36
8:44 +2 Jerryd Bayless made jump shot 38-36
8:20 +3 Jerryd Bayless made 3-pt. jump shot 41-38
8:09   Trey Burke missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:05   Offensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
8:05   Out of bounds turnover on Trey Burke  
7:44   Shooting foul on Dwight Powell  
7:44 +1 Karl-Anthony Towns made 1st of 2 free throws 42-38
7:44 +1 Karl-Anthony Towns made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-38
7:28   DAL team rebound  
7:26   Bad pass turnover on Trey Burke, stolen by Dario Saric  
7:17   Defensive rebound by Dirk Nowitzki  
7:09 +2 Devin Harris made driving layup 43-40
6:48   Cameron Reynolds missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:46   Defensive rebound by Devin Harris  
6:37   Personal foul on Cameron Reynolds  
6:27   Out of bounds turnover on Luka Doncic  
6:20   Andrew Wiggins missed jump shot  
6:18   Defensive rebound by Salah Mejri  
6:13   Justin Jackson missed floating jump shot  
6:13   Offensive rebound by Justin Jackson  
6:13 +2 Justin Jackson made dunk 43-42
6:13   Personal foul on Maxi Kleber  
5:55   Dario Saric missed jump shot  
5:48   Luka Doncic missed layup, blocked by Karl-Anthony Towns  
5:46   Defensive rebound by Josh Okogie  
5:46   Personal foul on Jalen Brunson  
5:37   Shooting foul on Salah Mejri  
5:37 +1 Andrew Wiggins made 1st of 2 free throws 44-42
5:32   Personal foul on Tyus Jones  
5:26 +2 Luka Doncic made floating jump shot 45-44
5:26   Shooting foul on Josh Okogie  
5:26 +1 Luka Doncic made free throw 45-45
5:14 +2 Andrew Wiggins made finger-roll layup, assist by Dario Saric 47-45
5:06   Personal foul on Josh Okogie  
5:06 +1 Dwight Powell made 1st of 2 free throws 47-46
5:06 +1 Dwight Powell made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-47
4:47 +2 Dwight Powell made alley-oop shot, assist by Luka Doncic 47-49
4:20   Keita Bates-Diop missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:20   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
4:06   Shooting foul on Andrew Wiggins  
4:06 +1 Luka Doncic made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-51
3:49 +2 Tyus Jones made jump shot 49-51
3:30   Offensive foul on Maxi Kleber  
3:19 +3 Tyus Jones made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 52-51
2:55   Defensive rebound by Andrew Wiggins  
2:50 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made dunk, assist by Andrew Wiggins 54-51
2:13 +3 Luka Doncic made 3-pt. jump shot 54-54
1:46   Karl-Anthony Towns missed hook shot  
1:43   Offensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
1:41   Offensive rebound by Dario Saric  
1:40 +2 Dario Saric made layup 56-54
1:29 +2 Luka Doncic made layup 56-56
1:15 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made driving layup, assist by Dario Saric 58-56
1:15   Shooting foul on Dwight Powell  
1:15   Karl-Anthony Towns missed free throw  
1:12   Defensive rebound by Maxi Kleber  
1:05 +2 Jalen Brunson made jump shot 58-58
0:46   Defensive rebound by Dirk Nowitzki  
0:29   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
0:05   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:03   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
0:00   Dirk Nowitzki missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   DAL team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45 +2 Luka Doncic made driving layup 58-60
11:25   Tyus Jones missed floating jump shot  
11:19   Luka Doncic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:17   DAL team rebound  
11:07   Luka Doncic missed reverse layup  
11:01   Josh Okogie missed layup  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
10:53 +2 Luka Doncic made layup, assist by Dirk Nowitzki 58-62
10:42 +2 Dario Saric made layup, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 60-62
10:29   Jalen Brunson missed floating jump shot  
10:27   Offensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
10:23   Justin Jackson missed layup  
10:21   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
10:21   Personal foul on Luka Doncic  
10:17 +2 Andrew Wiggins made floating jump shot 62-62
10:17   Shooting foul on Justin Jackson  
10:17 +1 Andrew Wiggins made free throw 63-62
10:03 +2 Dirk Nowitzki made jump shot, assist by Luka Doncic 63-64
9:43   Shooting foul on Jalen Brunson  
9:43 +1 Dario Saric made 1st of 2 free throws 64-64
9:43 +1 Dario Saric made 2nd of 2 free throws 65-64
9:33   Out of bounds turnover on Luka Doncic  
9:15   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
9:01   Dirk Nowitzki missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:52   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
8:49 +2 Josh Okogie made layup, assist by Tyus Jones 67-64
8:36   Personal foul on Tyus Jones  
8:31 +2 Luka Doncic made running Jump Shot 67-66
8:16   Bad pass turnover on Luka Doncic, stolen by Josh Okogie  
8:01   Defensive rebound by Justin Jackson  
7:43   Justin Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:40   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
7:28 +3 Dario Saric made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyus Jones 70-66
7:16 +2 Dwight Powell made layup, assist by Jalen Brunson 70-68
7:16 +1 Dwight Powell made free throw 70-69
6:39 +2 Dwight Powell made layup, assist by Luka Doncic 72-71
6:39   Shooting foul on Andrew Wiggins  
6:39   Dwight Powell missed free throw  
6:36   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
6:21   Personal foul on Justin Jackson  
6:09   Andrew Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:06   Offensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
5:49   Luka Doncic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:47   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
5:42 +2 Tyus Jones made floating jump shot 76-71
5:18   Offensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
5:16 +2 Luka Doncic made dunk 76-73
4:51 +3 Tyus Jones made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Gorgui Dieng 79-73
4:21   Tyus Jones missed jump shot  
4:19   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
3:54   Offensive foul on Keita Bates-Diop  
3:54   Offensive foul on Keita Bates-Diop  
3:43   Defensive rebound by Tyus Jones  
3:40   Gorgui Dieng missed layup, blocked by Luka Doncic  
3:36   Defensive rebound by Dirk Nowitzki  
3:32   Out of bounds turnover on Jalen Brunson  
3:16   Full timeout called  
3:04   Offensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
2:49 +2 Trey Burke made driving layup 82-75
2:24   Keita Bates-Diop missed floating jump shot  
2:22   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
2:11 +2 Trey Burke made driving layup, assist by Maxi Kleber 82-77
1:56   Personal foul on Devin Harris  
1:56 +1 Cameron Reynolds made 1st of 2 free throws 83-77
1:56 +1 Cameron Reynolds made 2nd of 2 free throws 84-77
1:41   Devin Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:38   Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
1:22 +2 Gorgui Dieng made finger-roll layup 86-77
1:02 +2 Dwight Powell made alley-oop shot, assist by Dirk Nowitzki 86-79
0:52 +3 Cameron Reynolds made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Gorgui Dieng 89-79
0:35   Trey Burke missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:24   Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
0:06   Offensive foul on Gorgui Dieng  
0:06   Offensive foul on Gorgui Dieng  
0:00   End of period  

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Offensive foul on Cameron Reynolds  
11:43   Offensive foul on Cameron Reynolds  
11:34   Devin Harris missed driving layup  
11:33   Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
11:24   Jerryd Bayless missed jump shot  
11:08   Maxi Kleber missed jump shot  
11:06   Defensive rebound by Anthony Tolliver  
11:03 +2 Gorgui Dieng made dunk, assist by Jerryd Bayless 91-79
10:33   Anthony Tolliver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:30   Defensive rebound by Courtney Lee  
10:20   Out of bounds turnover on Trey Burke  
10:06   Anthony Tolliver missed 3