Malaki Branham (22) of the San Antonio Spurs drives for the basket against Christian Wood (35) of the Dallas Mavericks during overtime at an NBA basketball game in San Antonio on Wednesday, April 15. March 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks shrugged off a series of late regulation errors to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 137-128 in overtime Wednesday night without injured All-Pro star Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Christian Wood contributed 27 points and 13 rebounds for the cause.

Dallas’ Maxi Kleber hit the ball wide in an attempt to restart the game with 1.8 seconds left in regulation time. Keldon Johnson, who missed a pair of free throws with 1.8 seconds left, tied the game at 121 with an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Malaki Branham.

Wood had five points in overtime to help Dallas fight to stay in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference. The Mavericks entered the game in ninth place with the same record as the 10th-placed Los Angeles Lakers and had a game ahead of the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans.

Dwight Powell and Jaden Hardy each finished with 22 points and Josh Green added 21 points for Dallas, which snapped a three-game skid.

Johnson finished with 27 points to lead the Spurs shorthanded. Playing for the second day in a row, San Antonio was without starters Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan and Zach Collins in addition to Keita Bates-Diop and Charles Bassey.

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