Kuzma FT lifts Wizards over Mavs 127-126 despite Doncic’s 41

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DALLAS (TSTIME) — Kyle Kuzma scored 30 points and made one of two free throws to break a tie with 4.2 seconds remaining to help the Washington Wizards win 127-126 against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Luka Doncic had 41 points and 15 rebounds for the Mavericks. Doncic still had the jersey on which he ripped when he missed a free throw that would have put Dallas in the lead with 12.5 seconds left when he ran into Kumza on a drive down the sideline.

The Mavericks challenged, but the call was upheld. Kuzma missed the first free throw but whipped the second.

Doncic attempted to pass twice to Spencer Dinwiddie from a double team on the last possession. The Wizards knocked the first out of bounds and Delon Wright stole the second to seal the win.

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Kristaps Porzingis was out with an ankle injury on his first trip to Dallas since the Mavericks sent him to the Wizards last February for Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans.

The 7-foot-3 Let, whose pairing with Doncic never worked out the way Dallas envisioned, received light applause after a video tribute during the break between the first and second quarters.

It was Washington’s first game since Rui Hachimura was sent to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kendrick Nunn and draft picks. Nunn was available but did not play.

The Wizards began a five-game trip with a third consecutive win, while Dallas completed a 1–3 homestand with its eighth loss in 11 games.

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Bradley Beal scored 22 points with a three-pointer, one of three substitutions in the last three minutes. Deni Avdija had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Dwight Powell scored a season-high 22 points with nine rebounds for Dallas. Dinwiddie had 20 points and eight assists.

Josh Green made his first seven shots to finish with 16 points, the most for the Dallas guard in four games since returning from a 20-game absence with a sprained right elbow.

TIP INS

Wizards: Porzingis, who sprained his left ankle in the previous game against Orlando, is on the week-to-week list. … Daniel Gafford played 19 minutes before fouling with 6:32 left and got nine points with seven rebounds. … Corey Kispert scored 14 points, Monte Morris had 13 and Wright had 10 points, six assists and three steals.

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Mavericks: F Christian Wood missed his third game since breaking his left thumb in a loss to Atlanta. The team has said he will be re-evaluated this week. … Dorian Finney-Smith scored 12 runs.

NEXT ONE

Wizards: All three Texas cities are part of the five-game journey, with Houston next to cap off a back-to-back Wednesday. The Rockets won the two-game set with Wizards last season. The San Antonio stop is after a trip to New Orleans.

Mavericks: A two-game trip kicks off Thursday in Phoenix, where Dallas blew a 22-point lead in the second half from a 107-105 loss in the season opener.

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