Joe Ingles may not look like the prototypical NBA player. He's lanky and small and doesn't appear particularly athletic. Still, he's a key player for the Utah Jazz and proved why in dramatic fashion in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Ingles' heroics

Ingles came off the bench on Tuesday night, as the shooting guard behind Rodney Hood in the depth chart typically does. He still managed to play a sizable 24 minutes and scored 13 points on 5 of 8 shots, including 3 of 6 from behind the three-point arc. The 29-year old for the Jazz also played solid defense throughout the win, resulting in a +3 plus/minus rating, the best among the team's reserves.

The most important contribution he had in the win came with less than 30 seconds to go in a tie ball game. As the Jazz came down the court, Ingles found an opening to dash to out on the right wing and received the pass from Shelvin Mack, proceeding to drain the wobbly three over the head of Luol Deng to give the team a 102-99 lead with 21.6 seconds remaining, a lead the team would not relinquish in the 102-100 victory.

A quiet star from beyond the arc

The Australian native has been on the Jazz since 2014 after being waived by the Los Angeles Clippers before getting the chance to play in an NBA game. Since then, Ingles has been a quiet contributor without ever making a sizable impact in a win. Still, he seemed ripe to do something big - on December 8, he scored a career-high 21 points with a career-high five three-point baskets in a game against the Golden State Warriors.

Lately, the talk surrounding the looming free agent has had to do with the Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend. Ingles has stated that he doesn't have any interest competing in the competition, despite the Jazz reserve leading the NBA in three-point percentage at .477 for the season. He would have a legitimate shot to win the title, although he would have to likely compete with the likes of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, who have won the past two competitions.

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