Strus scores 59ft-buzzer beater as Cavs beat Mavs

Max Strus scored a 59ft buzzer-beater as the Cleveland Cavaliers came from behind to pull off a thrilling win over the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.

Strus hit five three-pointers in the final five minutes to help the hosts overturn a 10-point deficit in 121-119 victory.

PJ Washington put the Mavericks ahead with three seconds left, before Strus scored from well inside his own half.

“The last five felt pretty good,” he said.

“I felt a rhythm and it’s fun when you do that. Every time I shot it, I felt like it was going in, and it was. Same with the last one.”

Strus finished with 21 points and Donovan Mitchell scored 31 for the Cavaliers, who are second in the Eastern Conference, while Luka Doncic scored 45 for the Mavericks at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and Damian Lillard 23 as the third-placed Milwaukee Bucks stormed to a 123-85 home win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Western Conference leaders the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the visiting San Antonio Spurs 114-105.

Second-placed Oklahoma City Thunder, who share the same win percentage as the Timberwolves, made it six wins on the bounce with a 112-95 home victory against the Houston Rockets.

Eastern Conference leaders the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 117-99 at home, while the Detroit Pistons ended a six-game losing streak with a 105-95 triumph at the Chicago Bulls.