Buzzer-Beaters in Bunches 👀

December 16, 2021 Buzzer-Beaters in Bunches 👀

By: Carlos Alvarez

Pelicans & Lakers Hit Game-Winners in Must-See Night of NBA Action

Buzzer-beaters, beware! A full boat of NBA games on Wednesday night brought plenty of drama, but two games finished with must-see moments. Here’s a mid-week collection of game-winners, top performances and noteworthy storylines.


NBA Buzzer-Beaters


Graham 3/4 Heave Saves PelicansThe best finish of the night took place in Oklahoma City where the Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hit a game-tying 3 with less than two seconds left. But Devonte Graham took the inbounds and hoisted a 65-footer shot for a magical Pelicans’ win (113-110).


Reaves Splashes Winner for LakersThe Lakers and Mavericks went into overtime before the clocked ticked down. Heading toward a second OT, the Lakers dished the ball between LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook until it found the hands of Austin Reaves — who? — for the dagger (107-104).


Top Performers


G. Hayward (CHA): 41 points, 5 rebounds

A. Edwards (MIN): 38 points, 5 rebounds

B. Ingram (NO): 34 points, 8 rebounds

N. Jokic (DEN): 27 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists


More Highlights


Jazz Win 8th StraightUtah extended their league-best win streak to eight games with a second-half pull-away against the Clippers (124-103). Rudy Gobert had a big night with 20 points and 17 boards.


Surging Cavs Claim 5th in a RowThe surprise team of the NBA’s early season is the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs punched the Rockets by 35 (124-89) for their fifth straight win. They’re 8-2 in their last 10 and 18-12 overall.


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