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Won 40, lost 42 (fourth, Midwest)...Mark Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 4, 2000; from that point on, the team went 31-19. The Mavericks posted back-to-back home winning records for the first time since 1988-1989 and 1989-1990. Dallas went 22-19 at home and 15-10 in 1998-1999. Dallas had a 28-24 record against the West, which was the best record in 10 years. The Mavericks finished 9-1 in April, which at the time, was the best month ever in franchise history (winning percentage wise). Dallas went 16-5 in the last 21 games,which tied for the best finish in franchise history (in 1986-1987 the team was also 16-5). The Mavericks went 25-16 in the second half of the season, which was the best second half record since 1989-1990 when the team was 26-15. Michael Finley was one of only four players in the league who averaged more than 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (Kevin Garnett, Grant Hill and Gary Payton were the other three). Finley led the NBA in minutes played at 42.2 a game. The Mavericks defeated every Western Conference opponent at least once for the first time since 1987-1988.
 Record Wise
The Mavericks finished 40-42 which was their best record since 1989-1990 when they went 47-35...Dallas was ninth in the Western Conference and fourth in the Midwest Division...Dallas recorded the seventh 40-win season in team history...Dallas had a winning percentage of .487 improving on the 1998-1999's percentage of .381 (19-31)...the Mavericks posted back-to-back home winning records for the first time since 1988-1989 and 1989-1990...Dallas went 22-19 at home and 15-10 in 1998-99...Dallas' 22 home wins were the most since 1989-1990 when they went 30-11 which was the ninth most in team history...Dallas had a 18-23 road record which was the best in 12 years since the team went 20-21 in 1987-88...Dallas recorded three winning months, including two consecutive (January 8-5, February 8-7 and April 9-1)...The Mavericks managed a split or better against 16 teams including Golden State (4-0), Chicago (2-0), Detroit (2-0), L.A. Clippers (4-0), Atlanta (2-0), Phoenix (3-1), Vancouver (3-1), Denver (3-1), San Antonio (2-2), Minnesota (2-2), Portland (2-2), Orlando (1-1), Washington (1-1), Indiana (1-1), Charlotte (1-1), Boston (1-1)...the Mavericks went 11-11 in games decided by 5 points or less...Dallas had 18 back-to-back sets of games winning three, splitting nine and losing six...Dallas had a 28-24 record against the West, which was the best record in 10 years...Dallas used 26 different lineups in the 82 games.
 Most Wins in 10 Years
Dallas’ 40 victories was the most wins in a season since 1989-90 when the team was 47-35. That was the seventh 40-win season in team history (20 years).
 Winning Months
The Mavericks finished 9-1 in April which was the best month ever in franchise history (winning percentage wise). After posting winning months in January (8-5) and February (8-7), the Mavericks had winning records in three of the last four months. This was the first time Dallas had a winning record in three out of four months since 1989-90 when they had a winning record in five of six months.
 Chart Watching
Dallas went 16-5 in the last 21 games, which tied for the best finish in franchise history (in 1986-87 the team was also 16-5). The Mavericks went 25-16 in the second half of the season, which was the best second half record since 1989-90 when the team was 26-15. The 25 wins was the fifth-best second half total in franchise history. During that span the Mavericks' 16 wins were the most in the NBA tied with the Lakers and was the second best record in the league (since March 10). The Mavericks also started the new year off on the right foot by winning the majority of their games. Starting on January 7, the Mavericks won 31 of their last 50 games, which was tied for 10th in the league. During this time, Dallas' record against the other 11 teams on that list was 8-8 and the Mavericks were the only non-playoff team listed.
 Winning Reunion Record
The Mavericks posted back-to-back winning home records for the first time since 1988-89 and 1989-90. Dallas finished 22-19 at home after going 15-10 in 1998-99. The Mavericks were 24-17 at home in 1988-89 and 30-11 in 1989-90. The Mavericks’ 22 home victories were the most since 1989-90 and is the ninth most in team history.
 Three-Point Threat
The Mavericks finished second in the league in 3-point accuracy at a franchise-high 39.1%. Dallas boasted five of the league's top 3-point shooters. Hubert Davis led the NBA at 49.1%, Steve Nash was 19th (40.3%), Michael Finley was 21st (40.1%), Erick Strickland was 30th (39.2%) and Dirk Nowitzki was 40th (37.9%). The Mavericks were the only team to five players in the top 40.
 From The Line
The Mavericks finished the season second in the NBA in free throw shooting at a franchise-high 80.4%. They did this while averaging the lowest attempts per game in the league at 21.3 a contest. The Mavericks were below 70% from the line only once in the last 25 games. Dallas was 22-16 when they had more free throws than their opponents.
 Finley's Fantastic=
Tabbed "Mr. Excitement" by USA Today, Michael Finley was one of only four players in the league who averaged more than 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (Kevin Garnett, Grant Hill and Gary Payton were the other three). He was third in the league with four triple-doubles, just one behind the leaders Jason Kidd and Chris Webber. Also, he finished among the league leaders in scoring at 22.6 ppg which was the second highest total among guards in the Western Conference. He led the league in minutes at 42.2 a contest. He led the team in scoring 42 times and scored in double figures 80 times. His scoring and rebounding averages were career bests.
 Finley Never Missed A Beat
Finley finished the season playing in every game, extending his current streak to 379. That number finished the season as the second-longest streak in the NBA (behind A.C. Green). Through five seasons, Finley has never missed a game and three years ago played in 83 games after coming over to Dallas in a trade with Phoenix. Finley also started each contest and has started 249 consecutive games. That is the third best in the league behind Seattle's Gary Payton and Milwaukee's Ray Allen.
 Nowitzki was Mavericks (and perhaps) NBA’s Most Improved
Dirk Nowitzki showed why he was one of the top young players in the league finishing second in the balloting for Most Improved Player. He was the Mavericks second-leading scorer at 17.5 ppg and second-leading rebounder with 6.5 rpg in 35.8 mpg. Nowitzki was the third-highest foreign-born scorer in the NBA behind Tim Duncan and Toni Kukoc. The German native was the third-leading scorer of 1998's draft picks behind Toronto's Vince Carter and Boston's Paul Pierce.
 Mavericks Trio Among Best in the League
The Mavericks trio of Michael Finley, Cedric Ceballos and Dirk Nowitzki combined to average 56.7 points per game. That was the third-highest scoring trio in the NBA trailing only L.A. Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Glen Rice and Milwaukee's Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen and Sam Cassell.
 Saturday Was Alright For Mavericks
Saturday was the best day of the week for the Mavericks as they went 12-6. They also averaged 103.4 ppg on Saturday, their highest scoring day of the week.
 NBA Leaders
Among NBA leaders, Michael Finley was 11th in scoring at 22.6 ppg, led the league in minutes (42.2) and was 20th in assists (5.3). Hubert Davis led the league in 3-point shooting while Shawn Bradley was fifth in blocks with 2.47 a game.
 Starting Changes
Due to the vast amount of injuries the Mavericks had, head coach Don Nelson used 26 different starting lineups in the 82 games. The quintet of Finley, Nowitzki, Bradley, Strickland and Nash started the most – 20 times – and were 15-5.
 Hitting The Road
Dallas won 14 of its last 22 road games, including seven of their last nine. The Mavericks had 18 road wins which tied for the fourth best road record in franchise history (1985-86 also 18-23). It was also the best road record in 12 years since the team went 20-21 in 1987-88. Dallas also won two sets of back-to-back road games at UTA (3/27) and LAC (3/28) and at LAC (2/5) and VAN (2/6). The Mavericks finished the season with the best road record of teams not in the playoffs. The Mavericks won three of four at the end of March which was the first time since 1994-95 the team was that successful on an extended road trip. =The trip included the team's first victory in the Delta Center and victories over the Clippers and Grizzlies which completed season road sweeps against those two teams.
 Close Ones
After starting the season 2-7 in games decided by 3 points or less, the Mavericks won their last four games decided by that margin. Dallas was 11-11 in games decided by 5 points or less.
 Finley Breaks Minutes Record
Michael Finley, who led the NBA in minutes played at 42.2 a game, broke his Dallas record of most minutes played in a season. Finley logged 3,464 minutes breaking his old record of 3,394 set in 1997-98. Finley also finished second on the single-season list in field goal attempts with 1,636.
 Chart Watching
Several Mavericks placed themselves on all-time single season lists. Dirk Nowitzki’s 116 3-pointers was fourth while Shawn Bradley's 190 blocks was second (he holds the record of 214 set in 1997-98).
 More Popular
The Mavericks sold out seven games which was the most in the last four years.
 It's Not Over Until It’s Over
There were seven 20+ point comebacks in the league and Dallas had two of them. On 3/21, Dallas trailed San Antonio, 60-38 in the 2nd quarter, before rallying for a 97-96 win and then on 2/28, Dallas trailed Boston, 78-58 in the third quarter, before rallying for a 108-100 win.
 Mavericks Miss Most Games in NBA
The Mavericks led the league in a category that no team wants to be the tops in - most games missed due to injury or illness. The Mavericks had 12 players miss a total of 332 games.
Michael Finley had four triple-doubles. The record for the most in a season by a Dallas player was seven set in 1996 by Jason Kidd (Kidd also had five in 1995). He was third in the league, just one behind the leaders Jason Kidd and Chris Webber. Finley also had eight games where he had a double-double and narrowly missed a triple-double. In these games, he missed a triple-double by 2 assists or rebounds six times and by 3 assists or rebounds twice.
Dallas players accumulated 68 double-doubles (51 point-rebound and 17 point-assist). Michael Finley led the team with 18, Cedric Ceballos had 15, Shawn Bradley and Dirk Nowitzki had nine, Steve Nash had six, and Robert Pack and Erick Strickland had five, Sean Rooks had two, while Gary Trent had one. All of Pack's and Nash's were points-assists as were five of Finley's and one of Strickland's.
The Mavericks had 18 back-to-back sets. Dallas won three, split nine and lost six. The Mavericks were 8-10 in the first game (2-3 at home, 6-7 on the road) and 7-11 in the second (1-0 at home, 6-11 on the road). Dallas swept their first set of back-to-back games at LAC and VAN in February, second set at UTA and LAC in March and third set vs. LAL and at MIN in April.
 Wins and Losses
There were some noticeable differences in the Mavericks wins and losses. In the wins, the team shot 48.1% from the field but just 43.0% in the losses. The 3-point shooting dropped from 43.0% in the wins to 35.6% in the losses. In the wins, Dallas scored 107.0 points per game while allowing 97.5. However, in the losses those numbers jumped to 95.9 ppg for the Mavericks and 106.1 for the opponents.
 Point Production
The Mavericks averaged 101.4 points per game which was the third-highest total in the last 10 years. That mark represented an increase of 9.8 ppg over the previous year’s total of 91.6 a game. Dallas finished third in the league in scoring and was just one of seven teams to average more than 100 points per game. In the last five games, Dallas averaged 111.5 ppg and scored 100 or more in 13 of the last 21 games. The season-high of 125 points against Orlando (11/13) was the largest point production in Don Nelson's Dallas coaching era.
 Quarter Breakdown
The Mavericks were outscored by their opponents in the second (25.6-24.6) and fourth (26.6-25.8) but outscored their opponents in the third (25.5-24.6) and the first (25.3-25.1).
 From the Field
The Mavericks shot 45.3% from the field (12th in the NBA) which was the highest mark in nine years (47.1% in 1990-91 was the best prior to this season). When Dallas shot better than its opponents, they were 32-5 which included a 18-2 mark at home. The Mavericks were 33-10 when they shot better than 45% but 7-32 when they did not reach that mark. The team was 11-1 in games where they shot better than 50%.
 Defensive Details
The Mavericks allowed 102.0 points per game which was 25th in the league. However, the defense was one reason the team was 16-5 over the last 21 games. The Mavericks allowed 100 or more points in 11 of those games, while the opponents scored an average of 98.6 points a game which was 3.2 points a game lower than the season average of 102.0. The Mavericks held 31 opponents under 100 points and went 24-8 in those games.
 Assist Angle
The 1,810 assists the Mavericks had were the most in four years and ranked 18th in the league. In the last 10 wins the team averaged 23.1 assists per game (17.5 in the last two losses). The Mavericks tallied 20 or more assists in 14 of the last 21 games. Dallas overall averaged 22.1 assists per game. When Dallas had more assists than their opponents, they were 25-10.
 Steal Sheet
The Mavericks had 592 steals which was 23rd in the NBA. Dallas tallied a season-high 15 vs. Lakers (4/18). The team’s season average was 7.22. The Mavericks were in double digits in steals 15 times and went 9-6 in those games.
 Block Party
The Mavericks reached 10 blocks seven times. Their season-average was 5.07 a game. Shawn Bradley led the team in blocks 57 times and ranked fifth in the league with 2.47 bpg.
 Turnover Tale
The season average of 13.7 a game ranked second in the league. The Mavericks turned the ball over more than their opponent just 23 times and were 9-14 in those games. Their season-low of 5 turnovers (just off the franchise-low of 4) was at Atlanta on 3/19. Dallas finished 8-2 when tallying single digits in turnovers. The team was 31-26 when they commit less turnovers than their opponent did. The Mavericks had 15 or less turnovers in 41 of the last 58 games.
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