Elite Company: The Mavericks are just the fourth franchise since the NBA went to an 82-game schedule in 1967 to have at least ten consecutive 50-win seasons. Dallas has now won 50 games in ten consecutive seasons which is the third-longest such streak in league history, dating back to 2000-2001. The Los Angeles Lakers hold the record with 12 consecutive seasons from 1979-1980 through 1990-1991 and the San Antonio Spurs currently have an eleven-year streak dating back to 1999-2000.
Oh, What A Night!: For the ninth consecutive season, Dirk Nowitzki represented the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game. Nowitzki and his teammates played before a record 108,713 fans, the largest crowd to ever watch a basketball game, as the East was victorious (141-139). Originally voted into the game as a reserve, Nowitzki was named to the starting lineup by Coach George Karl in place of an injured Kobe Bryant. Nowitzki finished the game with an All-Star career-high 22 points (8-15 FGs, 6-6 FTs), four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes. He has made more appearances than any player in franchise history and, along with Jason Kidd, is the only Maverick to start an All-Star Game (Las Vegas, 2007).
20,000 ManiAACs: The Mavericks have sold out 358 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 games during that same stretch. Since moving in American Airlines Center (2001-2002 season), the Mavericks have posted a home mark of 292-77 (.791). Dallas has sold out all 41 games in each of the past eight seasons.
Two Of A Kind: The Mavericks and Spurs are the only two teams to have won 50+ games in each of the past 10 seasons. Over that span, Dallas holds an overall 563-257 record (.687) while San Antonio is 573-247 (.700).
Kidd Turns 10: Jason Kidd was honored as an All-Star for the 10th time in his career after being named a replacement (Kobe Bryant) by Commissioner David Stern. He played six minutes off the bench and came down with 2 rebounds, dished one assist and grabbed one steal. Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki became the first set of Dallas teammates to play on the same All-Star team since Nowitzki and Josh Howard (Las Vegas, 2007).
Shooting Star: Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon and TNT analyst/Houston Rockets legend Kenny Smith won the 2010 Haier Shooting Stars contest as members of the Team Texas contingent. In the final round, Nowitzki hit a half court shot giving the team a total time of 39.3 seconds and the victory over Team Los Angeles.
Gone Streaking: The Mavericks won 13 straight games between February 17, 2010 (Phoenix) and March 10, 2010 (New Jersey). The streak was the eighth in team history of 10+ games and tied for the longest in the NBA this season with Cleveland (also 13) who did it between January 16, 2010 and February 11, 2010. The 13 consecutive wins also tied for the third longest consecutive win streak in team history, done twice before in the '05-'06 season and the '06-'07 season.
Carlisle's First 13-Game Streak: Rick Carlisle has a .588 career winning percentage (386-265) as a head coach in the NBA. Only 13 men who coached at least 500 NBA games have a winning percentage as high as Carlisle's, but until the win vs. New Jersey (March 10), he was the only one of them without a winning streak of 13 games on his resume. Among that group of coaches, Carlisle, Tom Heinsohn, Chuck Daly and Gregg Popovich remain he only ones without a winning streak of more than 13 games.
Double Down: Jason Kidd led the Mavs in 2009-2010 with 28 double/doubles. Dirk Nowitzki was second on the team with 20 followed by Drew Gooden with nine, Erick Dampier with seven and Shawn Marion with six.
Toe The Line: The Mavericks, perennially one of the NBA's best free throw shooting clubs, shot an NBA-best 81.6% (1,526-1,870 FTs) from the line. Since the 2000-2001 season, the Mavs have shot an NBA-best 80.4% from the line, have led the league in FT shooting in five of those seasons (2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2007-2008 and 2009-2010) and have finished in at least the top six each year. In that span, Dirk Nowitzki has shot 88.1% FT (seventh in NBA) and has hit 4,896 FTs (3rd). This season, the Mavericks shot 90% from the line, an NBA-best 15 times (Portland did so 10 times).
Hot Shot: The Mavericks were 22-3 when shooting at least 50% FG and 9-0 when shooting 55% FG. Dallas owned two fo the top six shooting games of the season. The Mavs shot 65.5% (55-84 FGs) from the floor at Houston (11/25) and 62.4% in a win vs, Toronto (11/7). The last time the Mavs had shot that high a clip was when they went 67.7% against the San Diego Clippers in 1983. A season ago, Dallas reached the 60% milestone just one at Miami on January 31, 2009 (.603).
Close Call: Dallas was 17-6 (.739) in games decided by five points or less. Since naming Rick Carlisle head coach, the Mavs are 35-11 (.761) in games decided by that margin. Additionally, the Mavs had the best winning percentage in the league in games decided by three points or less.
Remarkable Streak: The Mavericks 108-107 win over Milwaukee on November 26, 2009 was their tenth consecutive win in a one-point game dating back to January 14, 2007, which tied for the longest streak in NBA history. The St. Louis Hawks won 10 straight one-point games from 1959 to 1960. This season, Dallas went 5-0 in one-point games - December 8 VS. Phoenix, December 12 VS. Charlotte, January 15 VS. Oklahoma City, January 20 AT Washington and January 26 VS. Milwaukee.
Saving The Best For Last: The Mavericks owned the most wins in the NBA when trailing by 10 points in the 4th Quarter with five while Portland was second with three. Dallas' largest comeback was on November 3, 2009 at Utah coming back from a 16-point deficit with 10:36 to play in the fourth quarter. The Mavs also enjoyed comebacks from 15, 13 and 10 points, twice.
Getting Defensive: Shawn Marion and the Dallas Mavericks held Denver's Carmelo Anthony to his lowest offensive output of the season with ten points (3-16 FGs, 1-1 3FGs, 3-3 FTs) in a win over the Nuggets on March 29, 2010. For the season, Dallas held the league's top scorers well helow their season averages.
- Durant (OKC) - 30.1 for the season VS. 22.5 VS. the Mavs
- James (CLE) - 29.7 for the season VS. 25.0 VS. the Mavs
- Bryant (LAL) - 27.0 for the season VS. 16.3 VS. the Mavs
Happy Trails: The Mavericks owned the most wins and had the second best winning percentage in the league this season after trailing by 10+ points in a game. Meanwhile, they had the second-fewest losses in the NBA (5) when running out to a 10+ point lead.
Best Records When Trailing By 10+
- Orlando 14-17 .452
- Dallas 18-22 .450
- Cleveland 12-16 .429
- Denver 14-21 .400
Best Records When Leading By 10+
- Lakers 46-4 .920
- Cleveland 54-5 .915
- Dallas 45-5 .900
- Utah 49-6 .891
Workin' Overtime: The Mavericks played their eighth overtime game (5-3 record) of the season in Memphis on March 31 - more than the last two seasons combined (6 total overtime games in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009}. The last time Dallas played eight overtime games was in 1997-1998. Dallas' five overtime wins are a franchise record.
- James (CLE) 8.0 avg. in 4Q
- Nowitzki (DAL) 6.9 avg. in 4Q
- Anthony (DEN) 6.6 avg. in 4Q
- Granger (IND) 6.6 avg. in 4Q
- Roy (POR) 6.2 avg. in 4Q
- Terry (DAL) 5.9 avg. in 4Q
Nowitzki Plays Like A Kidd: Dirk Nowitzki posted his second career triple-double vs. Denver (3.29). In 37 minutes, he had 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and one block. He had season highs in 3FGM, FTM, FTA and assists. Nowitzki and Kidd became the third set of teammates in the NBA this season to record triple-doubled (also NO: Paul/Collison and SAC: Evans/Udrih). According to Elias, Nowitzki and Kidd are also the only Mavericks to score 34 points in a triple-double effort. Kidd had 38 with 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 2OT game at Houston on April 11, 1995.
His Place In History: Dirk Nowitzki became the 34th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points with a 30-point night vs. LAL (1/13) and now ranks 27th all-time on the NBA's scoring list. He scored his 20,000th and 20,001st points at the 10:57 mark of the fourth quarter on a 14-foot jumper over [Lamar Odom]]. He now has 21,111 career points (passed 21,000 with 40 points at POR, 4.9). Nowitzki, the Mavericks' leading scorer, was the second player to reach the 20,000-point plateau this season joining Boston's Ray Allen who accomplished the feat at Washington on December 10. Nowitzki ranks fifth among active players in all-time scoring behind Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Kevin Garnett. Nowitzki is the fourth player boun outside the U.S. to score 20,000 career points joining Patrick Ewing (Jamaica), Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) and Dominique Wilkins (France).
Perfect 10: Dirk Nowitzki shot 100% FT (minimum 10 free throw attempts) 10 times this season (5-5 record). OKC's Kevin Durant had 11 such games, DEN's Chauncey Billups had 5, TOR's Chris Bosh had 4 and LAL's Kobe Bryant had three perfect games (min 10 free throw attempts). For the season, Nowitzki ranked 2nd among NBA players and shot a career-high 91.5%.
Nearly Faultless 4th: Dirk Nowitzki missed only seven free throws in the fourth quarter and overtime (six games) this season. Nowitzki made 174-of-181 free throws (8-8 in OT) down the stretch. Between the late 4th quarter vs NO (4/10/09) and the 2:02 mark of the 4th vs. POR (12/22), Nowitzki made 66 consecutive FTs in the 4th.
- Nowitzki - Dallas 174-181 .961
- Williams - Cleveland 69-74 .932
- Nash - Phoenix 71-77 .922
- Ginobili - San Antonio 105-117 .897
Franchise Player: Dirk Nowitzki appeared in his 920th game as a Maverick against San Antonio on April 14. He passed Brad Davis (883) for the most games played by a Mav in franchise history against Phoenix on January 28. Nowitzki, the franchise's all-time scoring leader is one of two active players who leads his team in career games (CHA's Gerald Wallace). Nowitzki is the 3rd-longest tenured player with his original team. Kobe Bryant has been with the Lakers since 1996-1997 and Tim Duncan with the Spurs since 1997-1998.
1,500 3S!: Jason Terry made five 3-pointers against New Orleans on March 22 to pass the 1,500 3FGM mark for his career. Terry currently ranks 12th all-time among NBA players with 1,523 3s (behind Nick Van Exel with 1,528). His 136 3's were the 20th most in the NBA this season. Terry and Jason Kidd (176, third) both ranked in the top 25 for 3's made this season.
All Alone In Second Place: Jason Kidd now ranks second all-time among the NBA's career assist leaders with 10,923. With seven assists against Houston on November 25, he passed Mark Jackson (10,334) for second place. More specifically, Kidd dished his 10,335th assist on an alley-oop lob to rookie Rodrigue Beaubois with 10:52 to play in the 3rd quarter of the Houston game. Kidd now trails only John Stockton who has 15,806.
Mr. Triple-Double: Jason Kidd earned his second triple-double of the season (105th of his career, trailing Oscar Robertson's 181 and Magic Johnson's 138) with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in 32 minutes against Sacramento on April 10th. His 104th career triple-double came in overtime style with 19 points (7-18 FGs, 4-10 3FGs, 1-2 FTs), a season-high 16 rebounds and a season-tying 17 assists in 46 minutes at Atlanta on February 26th. The point guard recorded a team-high 28 double-doubles.
Stole The Show: With 2.343 steals, Jason Kidd now ranks fifth on the NBA's All-Time steals list. With two steals against New Orleans on February 28, Kidd surpassed Maurice Cheeks (2,310). Kidd came away with a career-high seven steals against Phoenix on February 17th. His previous high was sixth which he had accomplished 24 times. He was one of only eight players to have a seven-steal game this season.
A String Of Starts: Jason Kidd has the sixth-most starts in NBA history and has started 98.9% (1174-1187) of the games he has played. Only two other players with 1,000 career games have started a higher percentage than Kidd (Karl Malone, 99.7% and Shaquille O'Neal 99.2%). Kidd ranks 26th in career games (first among active players). He moved into first among active players after making his 1,161st start against Boston on March 20.
The Butler Did It: Since joining the Mavericks at the All-Star break, Caron Butler led the team in scoring four times. Butler scored 25+ points on six occasions (4-2 record for his teams) and scored 20+ in eight games with Dallas (24 overall).
Iron Erick: Erick Dampier recorded seven double-doubles this season. In 2008-2009, Dampier had six double-doubles for the entire season. When Damp scored 10+ points, odds usually favored the Mavs. Since his arrival in Dallas (2004-2005 season), Dampier has recorded 50 double-doubles (39-11 record, .780). When center scored 10+ points, Dallas was 78-21 (.788).
On Lockdown: Shawn Marion locked down the opposition's starting small forward last season. Among starting forwards (minimum 30 starts), Marion allowed the second-lowest scoring output at 12.6 ppg (behind only Milwaukee's Delpino at 11.9 ppg). Marion held the opposing small forward to the lowest FG% this season (.393, 312-793 FGS). Below is a look at the NBA's top four scorers FG% this season when Marion is on the floor.
- Bryant LAL .385
- James CLE .417
- Anthony DEN .172
- Durant OKC .340
Helpful J.J.: Jose Barea had another solid season in his back-up point guard role with averages of 7.6 points (career-high .844 FT), 1.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 19.9 minutes. In addition to scoring 20+ points in three games, Barea recorded a career-high 12 assists against Toronto on November 7, 2009. He became the first Mavericks reserve since Derek Harper (13 VS. Philadelphia on February 18, 1987) to dish 10+ assists.
Roddy Buckets: Rookie Rodrigue Beaubois scored a career-high 40 points (15-22 FGs, 9-11 3FGs, 1-1FT) against Golden State on March 27, including 26 in the first half (21 in the second quarter). Beaubois' nine 3's are the most by any rookie in Dallas Mavericks history (previously Jason Kidd eight (of 12) at Houston on April 11, 1995). He was only the third player in the NBA this season to hit nine 3's in a game (also: Denver's Smith with 10 and Billups with nine).
More on Roddy: Roddy Beaubois became the eighth rookie since the 2000-2001 season, and the second this season, to score 40+ points in a game. Beaubois joined Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings as the only rookies to 40 points in a game this season. Jennings had 55 points against Golden State on November 14. Beaubois, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Denver's Carmelo Anthony are the only first-year players from the West to score 40+ points in that span. Beaubois is the third rookie in Dallas Mavericks history to score 40 points in a game. Mark Aguirre holds the franchise record with 42 points on November 14, 1981 while Jay Vincent scored 40 twice as a rookie with 41 on December 29, 2981 and 40 on February 16, 1982.
Roddy, Proud and Loud: Rodrigue Beaubois put together a career month in March. After scoring a career-high tying 17 points at Minnesota on March 3, he became the first Mavericks rookie since 2006-2007 to score 20 points in a game with 22 against Sacramento on March 5. Previously, Maurice Ager scored at Golden State on April 17, 2007. Beaubois followed that with a career-high 24 points (10-17 FGs, 1-6 3FGs, 3-3 FTs) in a career-high 35 minutes at Chicago on March 6. He scored 18 of his 24 points in the third quarter. To top it off, he scored 40 points at Golden State on March 27. In March (13 games, two starts), Beaubois averaged 13,4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 18.5 minutes while shooting 56.3% (72-128 FGs) from the floor, 46.0% (23-50 3FGs) from 3-point range and 77.8% (21-27 FTs) from the line.
All Aboard: Brendan Haywood came down with a career-high tying 20 rebounds (career-high 18 DR) against Indiana on February 22. The game was his second of the season with 20+ rebounds in games with two teams in one season joining Dikembe Mutombo (Atlanta and Philadelphia in 2000-2001 and Olden Polynice (Philadelphia and Sacramento in 1993-1994. Haywood and Erick Dampier (20 against Houston on November 10) are the first Mavericks teammates to have 20-rebound games in the same season since Shawn Bradley and Samaki Walker in the 1997-1998 season.
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