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Season Overview


The Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs are the only two teams to have won 50+ games in each of the past nine seasons. Over that span, Dallas holds an overall 508-230 record (.888) while San Antonio is 523-215 (.709).


The first team in NBA history to start a season with a 2-7 record and then finish with 50 wins.


The Mavericks have sold out 317 consecutive home games, which is an NBA-best sellout streak. The listed capacity for the AAC is 19,200 but that can be surpassed because of attendance in the suites. The streak started on 12/15/01. Dallas has sold out an additional 44 playoff and 20 preseason games during that same stretch. Since moving into the American Airlines Center (2001-2002 season), the Mavericks have posted a home mark of 263-62 (.809). Dallas has sold out all 41 games in each of the past seven seasons.


After starting the season 0-4 at home, the Mavericks went 32-5 in the AAC to close the season. After seeing a nine-game home win streak snapped vs. DEN (3/27), Dallas won the last six, and 25 of the last 28 at the AAC.


The Mavericks played four overtime games. Dallas was 3-1 in overtime after defeating New York at Madison Square Garden (November 16), Chicago at the AAC (December 7), Oklahoma City at the AAC February 27) and losing to San Antonio in Dallas (December 9).


Since the 2000-2001 season (the first of nine consecutive 50-win seasons), the Mavericks have suffered just 50 losses (in 738 games) of 15+ points. Nine of those losses came this season. What's more impressive though, is that the Mavericks have won 37 of the games following their 15-point losses (37-13, .740). This season, Dallas was 8-1 in games following a 15-point loss. Dallas has lost back-to-back games by at least 15 points just once in that span (2001-2002 season.


Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd each earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors during the season. Nowitzki won the award twice. First for the games of November 17-23, when he averaged 27.0 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting 46.6% FG, 50.0% 3FG and 92.3% FT in a 3-0 week. Nowitzki added his second POW nod two weeks later. For games of December 1-7, Nowitzki averaged 30.7 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 52.2% FG, 44.4% 3FG and 100% FT and leading the Mavericks to a 3-0 record. Kidd was POW for games between March 30 and April 5 when he averaged 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 13.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 33.0 minutes as Dallas went 3-1.


Brandon Bass recorded a career-high four double/doubles on the season. Throughout the season, Rick Carlisle praised Bass' ever-improving game, especially on the glass. For the year, Bass had 14 games with 7+ rebounds and helped the Mavericks to a 13-1 record in those contests. Bass came down with a career-high 13 rebounds (with a career-high 6 on the offensive glass) against New Orleans, the team that drafted him, on April 10.


Matt Carroll and Ryan Hollins were acquired by the Mavericks from Charlotte in exchange for DeSagana Diop on January 16, 2009. Carroll brought season averages of 4.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 14.0 minutes in 34 games (10 starts) to Dallas. In Dallas, he appeared in 21 games and contributed 1.2 points, 0.7 rebounds and 6.7 minutes.


Over the past three seasons, Erick Dampier has missed only eight games (including two this season with a swollen left knee). He had five double/doubles on the season. Over the past five seasons, when Dampier scores in double digits, the Mavericks are 65-18.


Devean George had an injury-littered season in Dallas. The 10-year veteran started the season nursing a left hand injury and missed the first 12 games of the season. He then suffered a left knee cartilage injury against Portland in March and underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage. He was forced to miss the rest of the season. George averaged 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 16.5 minutes in 43 games which included 17 starts. As a starter, he averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 24.4 minutes.


As one of the youngest members of a veteran Dallas Mavericks squad, Gerald Green managed to get some minutes, earn starts and make an impact - especially early in the season. Green recorded five 10-point games int he first two months of the season with four of those outings coming in November. Green finished the season with six 10-point games while averaging 5.2 pointsand 9.9 minutes in 38 games which included 12 starts.


Josh Howard has been the Mavericks' first half catalyst throughout the year the last few seasons. In games he started (51), he had double figures in 30 of those first halves and 18 of those first quarters. He averaged 10.7 first half points and 7.6 first quarter points. His high for points in a half was 20 against San Antonio on March 4. Last season, Howard scored 10+ first quarter points 17 times and 20+ first half points five times.


Jason Kidd enjoyed a career day against Phoenix on April 5 with 19 points and a season-high 20 assists. As list of his accomplishments in the game are as follows:

  • With his 14th assist, he earned his 10,142nd career assist and moved into third all-time on the NBA's career assist list, passing Magic Johnson who has 10,141.
  • Dished out 20 assists in a game for the second time in his career. The first was in February of 1996, as a Maverick, when he had 25 against Utah.
  • Set franchise marks for assists in a regulation game and assists in a half (16 in the first half).
  • Recorded his 20th double/double of the season (his 13th points-assists double/double).


With 2,198 steals, Jason Kidd now ranks seventh on the NBA's all-time steals list. With 4 steals against Oklahoma City on February 27, he moved into seventh place surpassing Hakeem Olajuwon (2,162). He needs 10 steals to take sixth place from Clyde Drexler with 2,207.


Jason Kidd had 10 rebounds, 10 assists and seven points against Portland on March 11. It was the second game in Portland this season in which Kidd reached double figures in both rebounds and assists, while failing to score at least 10 points. He also did that in the win against the Blazers on Christmas night. Those were the only two instances in the NBA season in which a player had a game with 10+ rebounds and 10+ assists, while scoring fewer than 10 points. Since 2006-2007, there have been 14 rebounds-assists double/doubles in the NBA with Kidd owning eight of them.


Jason Kidd hit three 3-pointers against San Antonio on December 9 to move into ninth place all-time on the NBA's 3-point field goals made list with 1,391 surpassing Antoine Walker with 1,386. For his career he has 1,484 3-pointers. He can also be found on several other NBA Top 10 lists (3rd in career assists, 6th in assists per game average, 3rd in triple/doubles and 7th in steals).


Dirk Nowitzki was pure gold for the Mavs this season, averaging 25.9 points (fourth in the NBA) and 8.4 rebounds (team high). With his 39 points against Utah on January 17, Dirk crossed the 18,000-point threshold for his career (19,084 total points). He joined 55 other players to reach the mark and now ranks 43rd all-time among NBA scorers. With 29 points at New Orleans on April 13, Nowitzki passed Dale Ellis (19,004) and Reggie Theus (19,015). He now ranks seventh among active players in all-time scoring behind Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Tim Duncan.


Dirk Nowitzki had four 40-point games in the 2008-2009 season. For his career, he owns 12 40-point games and has led the Mavericks to a 9-3 record in those contests. Nowitzki set a career-high for 40-point games in a single season. He also posted 11 35-point games on the season.

30 IS THE NEW 20

Dirk Nowitzki recorded 26 30-point games for the season, tying his career mark for 30-point games in a season, tying his previous career high set in 2005-2006. The Mavs were 19-7 when he accomplished this feat. Through 67 games this season, Dirk matched 2007-2008's output of 30-point games when he had 20 30+ point performances in 77 games.


Dirk Nowitzki represented the Mavericks as a Western Conference All-Star reserve in Phoenix on February 15. In the West's 146-119 victory, Nowitzki contributed eight points, one rebound and one assist in 14 minutes. Dirk has now played in more All-Star Games than any other Maverick in franchise history. He is the 47th player in NBA history to earn eight All-Star bids.


Dirk Nowitzki scored 20+ points in each of the last 25 games of the season dating back to February 27 against Oklahoma City. His was the longest such streak in the NBA and second longest of his career. He previously had recorded 31 20+ point games in the final 28 games of 2005-2006 and the first three games of 2006-2007.


James Singleton recorded his seventh double/double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds at Indiana on March 20. He had the second-most double/doubles among players coming off the bench behind only Kevin Love of Minnesota with 11. In addition, Singleton had 14 games with 10+ points.


Jerry Stackhouse could not stay healthy this season, missing 72 total games for the year. Stackhouse opened the season by playing eight games and averaging 5.3 points before being moved to the inactive list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. An attempt at a post All-Star return to the lineup proved unsuccessful. He appeared in a pair of mid-February games before returning to the inactive list.


Jason Terry was honored with the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award following the regular season. Terry averaged 19.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.6 minutes over 74 games (11 starts). Among NBA leaders, Terry finished tied for 22nd in scoring, 11th in FT%, 10th in 3-pointers and 17th in steals per game. He averaged more points than any of the previous 18 Sixth Man of the Year winners.


Jason Terry scored 23 points off the bench against Houston on April 15. That game marked the 33rd time in which he came off the bench and scored 20+ points. He also single-handedly matched or outscored the opposing bench 26 times (18-8 record).


Jason Terry ranks ninth all-time among Mavericks in scoring with 6,430 points (he passed Steve Nash's 5,937 points on February 2 in a game against Orlando). Before breaking his hand against Chicago on February 7, Terry was on pace to finish the season as the eighth top scorer in franchise history passing Jay Vincent's 6,464 points. Terry began the season in 11th position before overtaking Nash and Jim Jackson to move into ninth all-time.


Dallas acquired Shawne Williams from Indiana in exchange for Eddie Jones and two first round draft picks on October 10, 2008. Williams brought career averages of 5.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 13.7 minutes in 111 games (including six starts) through two NBA seasons. Despite spending much of the season on the inactive list, Williams set career-highs for rebounds (12) and offensive rebounds (7) against Phoenix on December 4. He finished the season with averages of 2.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 11.3 minutes in 15 appearances.


Antoine Wright enjoyed a career season. He appeared in more games (64), with more starts (53), averaged a career-high in points (7.3) and recorded more 10-point games (23) than any of his previous three seasons. In his first three seasons, Wright recorded 20 total double-figure games, with five 15-point efforts. He finished the 08-09 campaign with 23 10-point outings, seven 15-point nights and three 20-point games. Wright set single-game highs in the following categories: points, FGA, FGM, 3-PT FGM, steals and blocks.

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