On the first day of the elimination round at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers certainly played like there was something at stake.
Jeremy Tyler led the Mavericks with 25 points and 11 rebounds in a late game nail-biter, as Dallas knocked off Los Angeles, 88-86.
The 24-year-old Dallas center, whose NBA career includes stops in Atlanta, Golden State and New York, was 11-of-15 from field goal range and also had four offensive rebounds.
Justin Anderson added 16 points for the Mavericks on 6-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Dwight Powell had 12 points and nine rebounds and Maalik Wayns had 12 points and three assists.
Dallas cruised to a 30-20 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks to nine quarter points from Tyler and eight from Anderson.
Anderson added five points in the second and as the Mavericks led by 12 at the half.
But Los Angeles wasn't done.
Lakers forward Jabari Brown scored 11 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and Jordan Clarkson also had 11 in the third and fourth quarters.
Trailing 68-63 at the end of three, Los Angeles tied the game at 76-76 on a 3-point play by Brown with 6:19 left in the final period.
Tied at 88-88 with under 10 seconds to play, Wayns missed a contested floating layup attempt from the baseline for Dallas. Tyler grabbed the rebound on the other side of the rim and dropped it in with 1.4 seconds.
After a Lakers timeout, 27th overall pick Larry Nance Jr. inbounded the ball to Julius Randle from 30-feet out, but the former Kentucky Wildcat couldn't get a 3-point shot off before time expired.
Dallas moves on to the second round of the winner's bracket, where they'll face the NBA Development League Select team on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles falls to the loser's bracket, where they'll play Utah on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.