The 2006-2007 Mavericks secured their place in history with the franchise's best record ever, earning the first seed in the NBA Playoffs. Dallas faced eighth-seeded Golden State in the first round of the playoffs and were upset 4-2 in the series but their regular season accomplishments make them one of the best teams in NBA history. Their .817 winning percentage ranked sixth all-time among NBA teams. They were also the sixth fastest team in league history to reach the 50-win mark doing it in just 59 games.
Dirk Nowitzki led the team with averages of 24.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and a career-high 3.4 assists, while setting career-bests in FG%, 3FG% and FT%. Nowitzki was rewarded for his efforts as he became the first player in Mavericks history to earn the league's MVP award. Additionally, he was named First Team All-NBA and was the second Maverick (Jason Kidd was the first) to start an All-Star game. Nowitzki was joined by Josh Howard as a Western Conference All-Star. Howard received the nod from NBA Commissioner David Stern as a replacement for the Western Conference team. The two were the first pair of Mavericks to be named to the same All-Star team since 2003 when Nowitzki and Steve Nash were named.
You're Simply The Best - The 2006-2007 Dallas Mavericks secured their place in franchise history with their best record ever...but their final mark also ranks among the best in NBA history. They're tied for sixth-best record in the league's history.
Movin' On Up - With a win over New York on March 30, the 2006-2007 Mavericks secured their 61st win and the best record in franchise history. The previous best was 60 wins accomplished in both 2002-2003 and 2005-2006.
We're Going Streaking - The Mavericks went on quite a roll this year...well, three tolls in particular. Dallas tallied 12 consecutive wins (November 9 thorugh December 1) after beginning the season 0-4 for the first time in franchise history. That streak, which was the third longest in franchise history, was topped the next month when the Mavericks ran off 13 straight victories from December 13 through January 5 falling one win shy of tying the then franchise-high mark of 14 consecutive wins set at the start of the 2002-2003 season. Dallas' franchise-high 17-game winning streak (January 27 through March 11), which was snapped on March 12 by the Golden State Warriors, was its third double-digit winning stretch of the year. Dallas tied for the best start in franchise history through 41 games (33-8: also in 2002-2003) and also set the franchise record for most wins before the All-Star break (old mark was 41 wins set last season). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2006-2007 Mavericks were the first team in NBA history to have three streaks of 12+ wins and just the fourth team ever to have three double-digit wining streaks in the same season joining Milwaukee '70-'71, Philadelphia '80-'81 and the L.A. Lakers '99-'00.
Dirk Does It All- Dirk Nowitzki became the first Maverick to be named the NBA's Most Valuable Player on May 15. In 2006-2007, Nowitzki averaged 24.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and a career-best 3.4 assista while, for the second consecutive season, setting career highs in FG%, 3FG% and FT%. The Mavericks were 18-1 when he scored 30+ points and he had 41 double-doubles after having 35 last season. The first team All-NBA forward also dished the ball out this season with a career-high tying 8 assists four times ub 2006-2007, after doing so just three times total for his career entering this season. He finished the season ranked high in several categories including, 10th in scoring, tied for 11th in rebounding, tied for second in FT percentage, 13th in 3-point percentage and tied for 25th in FS percentage. Against New York, on March 30th, Nowitzki scored his 15,000th point becoming the 105th player in NBA history to reach the 15,000-point plateau. In the past two seasons, he finished third in MVP and was named first-team all-NBA.
To 50...And Fast - On March 3 the Mavericks defeated the Orlando Magic in only their 59th game of the year to become the sixth fastest team in NBA history to reach the 50-win plateau behind the '95-'96 Chicago Bulls (56 games), the '82-'82 76ers and '96-97 Bulls (57 games) and the '66-'67 76ers and '71-'72 Lakers (58 games).
A Beast Against The East - The Mavericks wrapped up their schedule against Eastern Conference opponents with a win over the New York Knicks on March 30th. With that win, the Mavericks secured a franchise-best 27-3 against the East. The previous mark was set during the 2002-2003 season when Dallas went 26-4 against the Eastern Conference.
0 To 60 In 24 Minutes - Dallas scored 60+ first half points 13 times this season and were 13-0 in those games after going 3-2 in 2005-2006. The Mavericks scored 30+ points in the first quarter 26 times this season (23-3 mark) after doing so just 12 times (10-2 mark) in all of 2005-2006.
Mavs Double Down In Vegas - On February 9, NBA Commissioner David Stern named Josh Howard as a replacement player for the Western Conference All-Star team. It was the first All-Star appearance for Howard who finished the mid-season classic with thre points, four rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes of action. Howard jointed teammate and six-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki on the Western Conference squad. The last time Dallas had two players on the All-Star team was 2003 when Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki were both named reserves. Howard became just the ninth player in franchise history to make the All-Star game. He was originally the 29th overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft.
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