When the Mavericks picked up their 50th win against Utah (4/10/08) they joined elite company. The Mavericks became just the fourth franchise (five times total) since the inception of the NBA to win at least 50 games in eight consecutive seasons. Here is a rundown of the teams to accomplish this feat:
LOS ANGELES LAKERS - 12 SEASONS (1979-80 TO 1990-91)... BOSTON CELTICS - 10 SEASONS (1958-59 TO 1967-68)... BOSTON CELTICS - 9 SEASONS (1979-80 TO 1987-88}... SAN ANTONIO SPURS - 9 SEASONS (1999-00 TO 2007-08)... DALLAS MAVERICKS - 8 SEASONS (2000-01 TO 2007-08)
JUST THE TWO OF US
The Mavericks and Spurs are the only two teams to have won 50+ games in each of the past eight seasons. Over that span, Dallas holds an overall 458-198 record (.698) while San Antonio is 469-187 (.715).
FEELING RIGHT AT HOME
The Mavericks had an impressive home record of 34-7 this season, which tied for the franchise's second-best home record (2005-2006). Dallas finished a franchise-high tying 36-5 at home in 2006-2007 - including the longest home winning streak in franchise history (23 straight...December 7 through March 6).
LIFE BEGINS AT 30
Fast starts are second nature to the Mavericks. When Dallas scored 30+ points in the opening period, the Mavericks were 16-4. Josh Howard was the catalyst, scoring double digits in the first period 17 times last season. The Mavericks were also 7-2 when scoring more than 60 in the first half. Howard had five 20+ point halves (4-1)
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
The Mavericks perfected the art of the comeback. Dallas fought back from 24 points down to defeat Toronto (November 20) before heading to Houston the next night (November 21) and clawing back from a 17-point second half defecit to win. The 24-point comeback over Toronto tied the second-largest comeback in team history, which coincidentally, was against Toronto (2/25/06). The Mavericks fought back from a double-digit deficit eight times this season.
With the conclusion of the 2007-2008 season, the Mavericks hold an impressive 236-92 (.720) record over the last four seasons. That mark is tied for the best in the NBA over that span with the Spurs (236-92, .720). The Suns (232-96, .707) sit in second place.
Dallas sold out all 41 home games this season and had over 20,000 fans show up for 39 of those games at the American Airlines Center. The listed capacity for the AAC is 19,200 but that can be surpassed because of attendance in the suites. The Mavericks have sold out 276 consecutive home games, which is currently an NBA-best sellout streak. The streak started on 12/15/01. Dallas has sold out an additional 38 playoff and 16 preseason games during that stretch. Since moving into the American Airlines Center (2001-2002), the Mavericks have posted a home mark of 232-55 (.808). Dallas has sold out all 41 games in each of the past six seasons.
WHO'S IN YOUR FIVE
USA Today's High Fives is a series that took a look at each NBA Franchise's all-time top five players from both a fan's and an expert's point of view. The Mavericks results were released and USA Today's panel and Dallas fans both agree that Dirk Nowitzki, Mark Aguirre, Rolando Blackman, Steve Nash and Michael Finley are the Mavericks' top five. Nowitzki was the Mavericks leading vote-getter with 1.232 votes. Michael Finley's 808 votes just barely beat out Derek Harper's 734 votes to give him the fifth and final spot on the list.
DIRK DOES THE BIG EASY
On January 31, Dirk Nowitzki was named to his seventh consecutive All-Star Team when NBA coaches chose him as a reserve for the Western Conference squad. Nowitzki dropped in an All-Star Game career-high 13 points in New Orleans (February 17). In seven All-Star Games, Nowitzki holds averages of 9.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 18.9 minutes. His best effort came in 2005 in Denver when he tallied 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks in 21 minutes of play. Nowitzki's combined total of 8 steals and blocks that night was the highest by any player in an All-Star Game since Michael Jordan (1988).
Dirk Nowitzki received the late call-up from the NBA League office on the eve of All-Star Weekend to replace the injured Kobe Bryant (dislocated right pinkie finger) in the 2008 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout. After an impressive opening round, Nowitzki fell victim to Jason Kapono and one of the greatest shooting displays in the history of the Three-Point Shootout in the final round. It was the third straight year Nowitzki advanced to the final round of the competition. He won the title in Houston (2006).
In the 743rd game of his career, Dirk Nowitzki became the Mavericks all-time franchise scoring leader. On smooth, fade-away, 15-foot jumper in the final minutes of the Mavs' 111-91 victory over New Jersey, Nowitzki surpassed Rolando Blackman (16,643) for the top spot on the Mavericks all-time scoring list with 16,644 points. Blackman's record stood for nearly 18 years. Nowitzki now holds franchise records in points, rebounds, 3-point field goals and free throws.
MESSED AROUND AND GOT A TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Dirk Nowitzki registered his first career triple-double vs. Milwaukee (2.6.08) with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. The feat was accomplished against the team who drafted and traded his rights to Dallas on 6/24/98. While Nowitzki was the first Maverick to secure a triple-double since Antoine Walker (1/14/04), he was NOT the first German in franchise history to do so. Detlef Schrempf recorded a triple-double on 1/30/87...also against the Milwaukee Bucks.
KIDD AND PLAY
After nearly a week of speculation, the House Party started when the second J-Kidd era in franchise history began on 2/19/08. Kidd, along with Malik Allen and Antoine Wright, officially became a Maverick just hours before the team reconvened for its first practice after the All-Star break. Kidd had 17 assists vs. Golden State (4/2/08) and at Minnesota (2/24/08). His 17-assist games were a season-high for the Mavericks (previously 15 assists by Kidd). Those performances tied for 4th best in team history. Seven other times, a Maverick has dished out 17 assists in a game with two of those games belonging to Kidd. The last time it happened was when Steve Nash dropped 17 dimes against Utah (11/20/00). Kidd finished the season with averages of 9.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
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