1989-1990

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Won 47, lost 35 (third, Midwest) after missing the playoffs the previous season for the first time since 1982-83, the Mavericks returned to postseason action…Dallas was swept, 3-0, in the first round by the eventual Western Conference Champion Portland Trail Blazers...On Nov. 29 Richie Adubato replaced John MacLeod as head coach (Dallas was 5-6 under MacLeod) and guided Dallas to a 42-29 (.592) record the rest of the way...the Mavericks finished the regular season strong, winning four straight. 13-of-19 and 30-of-45 since beating the New York Knicks 117-103 on January 19 in Reunion Arena (Dallas entered the game at 17-20)...the Mavericks won 19 of their final 22 at home and broke even (10-10) in their final 20 road games...Dallas improved its home record from 24-17 in 1988-1989 to 30-11 in 1989-1990, the fourth-best home record in club history...the Mavericks allowed just 102.2 points per game, fourth-best in NBA defense (same ranking as in 1988-1989), behind Detroit, Minnesota and Utah...was the third-straight year Dallas broke the club defense record...Dallas held a club-record 35 opponents under 100 points and a club-record 12 opponents under 90 points...the Mavericks averaged just 102.2 points per game (22nd in the NBA), their second-lowest scoring average in club history behind the club-record low of 101.5 in 1980-1981, the teams first season...the Mavericks were held under 100 points a club-record 39 times and under 90 points a club-record 12 times...Dallas was 12-27 when held under 100 points but 35-8 when scoring 100-plus points...Dallas won a club-record 15 games when trailing after three periods...the Mavericks committed just 15.0 turnovers per game for the second-straight season, tying for fifth in the NBA in that category...the Mavericks lost 108 games to injury/illness...of those 108 games, Blackman, Dantley, Davis, Donaldson, Perkins, Tarpley and Herb Williams combined for 98. The most frequently used starting lineup was Adrian Dantley, Sam Perkins, James Donaldson, Derek Harper and Rolando Blackman which was used 31 times...the lineup of Dantley, Tarpley, Donaldson, Harper and Blackman started the opener and Tarpley, Perkins, Donaldson, Harper and Blackman started the finale.

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