CHAMPIONS AT LAST - It took 31 years, but the Mavericks finally brought an NBA Championship home to the city of Dallas. The Mavericks avenged the 2006 loss to the Heat by defeating Miami in the 2011 NBA Finals. After falling behind 2-1, Dallas responded with three straight victories and closed out Miami in six games. Of the previous 11 occasions a Finals series had been tied, 1-1 (since the NBA Finals went to the 2-3-2 format beginning in 1985), the winner of Game 3 had gone on to win the championship all 11 times. The Mavericks rewrote history in 2011 and captured their first NBA title in the process.
RIDIRKULOUS POSTSEASON - After shooting a career-high 51.7 percent (610-1,179 FGs) from the field during the regular season, Dirk Nowitzki willed his team to its first ever NBA Championship by delivering a playoff performance for the ages in 2011. His 27.7 ppg in the postseason ranked second to the Thunder's Kevin Durant (28.6 ppg), but Nowitzki outscored Durant (32.2 ppg to 28.0 ppg) in the Western Conference Finals series and sent the Mavericks to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006. Nowitzki recorded a masterful 48-point effort in Game 1 against Oklahoma City (5/17/11), going 12-of-15 from the field and a perfect 24-of-24 from the line. The 48 points were the most by any player in a playoff game who shot at least 80 percent from the field. The 24-of-24 foul shooting clip set a record for the most free throws made in a playoff game without a miss (Paul Pierce held the record with 21 consecutive free throws, Boston at Indiana, 4/19/03). Nowitzki shot 59-of-61 (.967) from the stripe in the five-game series against the Thunder, which was the highest free throw percentage in a playoff series (minimum 50 FTSs). He went on to average a team-high 26.0 ppg and a series high 9.7 rpg in the Finals against Miami en route to earning Finals MVP honors.
LONG STREAK OF SUCCESS - With the 104-96 victory over the Timberwolves on 3/24/11, the Mavericks improved to 50-21 in 2010-2011 and recorded their 11th straight 50-win season (13th in franchise history). Dallas became just the third team in NBA history to record 11 straight 50-win seasons (and the fourth team to win 50-plus games 10 years in a row). The Spurs (12 seasons, 1999-2011) and the Lakers (12 seasons, 1979-1991) are the only two teams that have gone more consecutive seasons with 50-plus wins. Dallas finished the 2010-2011 regular season with a record of 57-25 (.695), which was tied for the fifth-best record in franchise history (also finished 57-25 in 2001-2002). The Mavericks have now tallied at least 55 wins seven times in the last 11 seasons.
THREE STREAK - The game vs. Memphis on 3/6/11 marked Dallas' 1000th straight game with at least one 3-point basket. Since 2/27/99, the Mavericks have gone 1,020 consecutive regular season games with a 3-pointer made. It's the longest streak in NBA history. They've made only one trey in a game 14 times in that span. The Raptors went 986 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer made but had their streak (which began 2.26.99) come to an end against Memphis on 1/24/11. The Lakers have the second longest active streak behind Dallas. They have connected on at least one 3-point attempt in every game since 11/18/03.
20,000 MANIAACS - The Mavericks have sold out 399 consecutive home games, which is an NBA-best sellout streak. The listed capacity for American Airlines Center is 19,200 but that can be surpassed because of attendance in the suites. The streak stared on 12/15/01. Dallas has sold out an additional 58 playoff games during that same stretch. Since moving into the AAC (2001-2002 season), the Mavericks have posted a home mark of 321-89 (.783). Dallas has sold out all 41 games in each of the past nine seasons.
CENTURY MARK SUCCESS - The Mavericks were 43-4 (.915) when they scored 100-plus points in 2010-2011, including 13-1 (.929) when they recorded 110-plus points in a game. They were 35-7 (.833) when they scored at least 100 points in a game in 2009-2010 and 34-11 (.756) when they did so in 2008-2009. Twenty-eight opponents scored 100 points against Dallas in 2010-2011. Dallas was 16-12 in those games.
JET AND TRIX JOIN 15,000 CLUB - Jason Terry and Shawn Marion both reached the 15,000 points plateau in 2010-2011. Terry recorded his 15,000th career point with a jumper at the 5:36 mark of the third quarter of the game at Boston on 2/4/11. He finished with 17 points in 35 minutes. Marion became the 118th player in NBA history to reach the 15,000 points plateau at Utah on 3/26/11, A runner at the 3:23 mark of the fourth quarter gave him 11 points for the game (15,001 career) and he finished with 13 points on the night.
TWO LONG WIN STREAKS - Dallas recorded two double-digit win streaks in 2010-2011. The Mavericks won 12 straight from 11/20 - 12/11/10 and held a record of 19-4 after 23 games. The Bucks snapped the Mavericks' 12-game winning streak with a 103-99 victory at Dallas on 12/13. With the victory over Sacramento on 2/9, Dallas won its 10th straight game and became on the second team in the league to record multiple double-digit win streaks in 2010-2011 (San Antonio was the other). The Mavericks were one of only five teams with a double-digit win streak in 2010-2011. The other teams and their streaks were Boston (14), Miami (12), New Orleans (10) and San Antonio (with streaks of 12 and 10). The Nuggets snapped the Mavericks 10-game winning streak with a 121-120 victory in Denver on 2/10, courtesy of an Arron Afflalo buzzer-beater. The only other season that the Mavericks had at least 10 consecutive wins on multiple occasions was in 2006-2007. That year, Dallas had three separate double-digit win streaks, including the longest in franchise history (17 games from 1/27 - 3/11/07). Nine of the Mavericks' 10 double-digit win streaks have come since 2001-2002.
- 17 games / vs. SAC 1/27 - at LAL 3/11/07
- 14 games / at MEM 10/30 - at DET 11/27/02
- 13 games / vs. PHO 2/17 - vs. NJ 3/10/10
- 13 games / vs. LAL 12/13/06 - at SA 1/5/07
- 13 games / vs. NJ 1/14 - vs. MIA 2/9/06
- 12 games / at ATL 11/20 - vs. UTA 12/11/10
- 12 games / at PHO 11/9 - vs. SAC 12/1/06
- 11 games / at LAC 2.14 - vs. HOU 3/4/88
- 10 games / vs. LAC 1/25 - at SAC 2/9/11
- 10 games / vs. POR 12/11/01 - at CHI 1/2/02
ROAD WARRIORS - The Mavericks went 28-13 (.683) away from the American Airlines Center in 2010-2011, which was tied with Miami for the best road record in the NBA. The Mavs snapped the Heat's 12-game win streak with a 98-96 victory in Miami on 12/20 and improved to 9-1 on the road. It marked the best road start through 10 games in franchise history. With a win at Oklahoma City on 12/27, Dallas won its eighth straight road game and moved to 11-1 away from home. The eight consecutive road wins tied a franchise record (also won eight straight on the road from 1/15 - 2/12/02).
DOUBLE DOWN - Here's a breakdown of the Mavericks double-doubles this season.
- Tyson Chandler 18
- Dirk Nowitzki 16
- Shawn Marion 12
- Jason Kidd 9
- Jose Barea 3
- Brendan Haywood 2
- Caron Butler 1
- Ian Mahinmi 1
- Jason Terry 1
FABULOUS FEBRUARY - Rick Carlisle was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for games played in February. It marked the second time he's received the honor with Dallas (also April 2010) and the fourth time he's garnered the award in his coaching career. Carlisle led the Mavericks to an 11-1 record during a month that saw them play nine of their 12 games on the road. Dallas averaged 108.9 points per game and shot 50.4 percent from the field in February. The Mavericks' one loss during the month came as a result of an Arron Afflalo buzzer-beater at Denver on 2/10/11 (fell 121-120).
NOWITZKI MAKES THEM PAY - Dirk Nowitzki made 74 consecutive free throws over a 13-game span from 3/4/11 to 3/27/11. It was the longest streak in the NBA in 2010-2011. Steve Nash had the league's longest run (with 48 consecutive free throws made from 12/15/10 - 1/12/11), before Nowitzki surpassed it at Golden State (3/16/11) when he went 12-of-12 from the stripe. Nowitzki also had the NBA's longest streak of consecutive free throws made in 2009-2010. He finished the 2009-2010 regular season with 74 consecutive free throws made (and actually extended his streak to 82 through the first two games of the 2010-2011 season, marking the third-longest streak of all-time).
DIRK'S CONSISTENCY - Dirk Nowitzki eclipsed 1,500 points in 2010-2011 in the fourth quarter of the game against the L.A. Clippers on 3/30/11. He has now gone 11 consecutive seasons with at least 1,500 points, which is tied with Kobe Bryant for the longest active streak in the NBA. Before 2010-2011, no player had gone 11-plus consecutive seasons with at least 1,500 points since Karl Malone did in 12 years in a row from 1986-1987 to 1997-1998. Nowitzki was named to the 2010-2011 All-NBA Second Team, his 11th consecutive All-NBA selection (4-First Team, 5-Second Team and 2-Third Team). Bryant is the only other player to be named to an All-NBA Team in each of the past 11 seasons.
DIRK JOINS PRESTIGIOUS CLASS - For the 10th consecutive season, Dirk Nowitzki represented the Western Conference at the 2011 All-Star Game held in Los Angeles, California. His 10 All-Star appearances are the most by any Mavericks in franchise history (Rolando Blackman is second with four]. In 2011, he became one of only 11 players in NBA history to appear in at least 10 All-Star games and be named bot MVP (2006-2007) and Finals MVS (2011).
ARC-TECTS UNITE - Peja Stojakovic was signed by Dallas on 1/24/11 and joined forces with Jason Kidd and Jason Terry to provide the Mavericks with three of the most prolific 3-point shooters in NBA history. Kidd moved past Dale Ellis (1,719) and into third place on the all-time 3-point field goals made list with a 3-pointer at the 7:48 mark of the third period at Indian on 1/12/11. Stojakovic moved past Ellis and into fourth place on the all-time 3-point field goals made list with a triple at the 45-second mark of the second quarter at Houston on 2/12/11. Jason Terry (eighth) also ranks in the top 10 on the list for most 3-point field goals made with 1,650 treys.
FAB LAST FIVE - Dallas went 280-130 (.683) over the last five full seaons (2006-2007 to 2010-2011), which was the highest winning percentage in the league in that span. The Mavericks' Southwestern Division rival San Antonio Spurs hold the second-best-won-lost record in that time frame, having gone 279-131 (.680). What's more, Dallas won the most games in the 2010 calendar year. The mavericks, who entered the year 2011 with a 24-7 record, finished the 2010 calendar year with a record of 57-24 (.704). The Spurs (.702, 59-25)finished with the second-highest winning percentage in 2010. Dallas recorded the highest winning parcentage in a calendar year on two other occasions: 2007 (.768, 63-19) and 2002 (.744, 61-21, tied with Sacramento).
- Mavericks 280-130 .683
- Spurs 279-131 .680
- Lakers 278-132 .678
- Magic 262-148 .639
- Celtics 258-152 .629
KIDD DISHES OUT HIS 11K ASSIST - Jason Kidd recorded his 11,000th career assist on an alley-oop pass to Tyson Chandler at the 9:51 mark of the first quarter against Philadelphia on 11/12/10. He became just eh second player in NBA history to reach 11,000 assists for his career. Kidd (11,578) ranks second all-time among the NBA's career assist leaders, trailing only John Stockton (15,806). Kidd averaged 8.2 assists per game in 2010-2011, which was tied for eighth in the NBA.
MARION JOINS ELITE COMPANY - With a theft (at the 4:09 mark of the first period) against New Orleans on 4/13/11, Shawn Marion recorded his 68th steal of the season (1,500th career) and became just the fifth player in NBA history to record at least 1,500 steals and 1,000 blocks. Marion (1,500 steals, 1,086 blocks) joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, Julius Erving and Kevin Garnett on the list of players who have accomplished this feat.
KIDD PASSES "THE GLOVE" - With his first steal (2,446th career) at the 9:55 mark of the first quarter against Memphis on 3/6/11, Jason Kidd moved past Gary Payton (2,445) and into third place on the all-time steals list behind Michael Jordan (2,514) and John Stockton (3,265). Kidd recorded 134 thefts in 2010-2011 and now had 2,447 for his career. He ranked seventh in the league with 1.68 steals per game.
MR. TRIPLE-DOUBLE - Jason Kidd recorded his second triple-double of the season (107th career) with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and zero turnovers in 37 minutes at Philadelphia on 3/1/11. Kidd, who turned 38 on 3/23, registered his second triple-double in 2010-2011 at 37 years and 343 days of age. Karl Malone (aged 40 years and 127 days) is the oldest player to collect a triple-double in NBA history. Malone had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists vs. San Antonio on 11/28/03. Kidd posted his first triple-double of the season (106th career) with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes vs. San Antonio on 12/30/10. It was the seventh triple-double he's recorded against the Spurs in his career, which is tied for the most by Kidd against any team (also seven against the Kings). Kidd ranks first among active players with 107 career triple-doubles and third all-time behind Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138).
STILL SEEING DOUBLE - Of the active players in the NBA who have tallied the most double-doubles in their careers, the Mavericks have three players who rank in the top 10. Jason Kidd (17 seasons), Dirk Nowitzki (13 seasons) and Shawn Marion (12 seasons) share a combined 42 years of NBA experience and continue to put up numbers for Dallas. Kidd's 485 career double-doubles rank third among active players and Marion's 392 rank sixth. Nowitzki's 358 career double-doubles rank eighth on the current list. Nowitzki and Kidd each posted double-double on opening night of the 2010-2011 season against Charlotte (10/27/10). Nowitzki recorded 28 points and 13 rebounds against the Bobcats. It was the sixth time he's posted a double-double on opening night in his career but the first time he had done so since 2006-2007. Kidd finished with 12 points and a season-high 18 assists in the home opener. Nowitzki registered 16 double-doubles in 2010-2011, Marion had 12 and Kidd had nine.
JET'S 1,000TH THREE IN BIG D - Jason Terry recorded his 1,000th 3-pointer with the Mavericks (1,648th career) at the 8:13 mark of the fourth quarter against Phoenix on 4.10.11. He finished 3-of-7 from beyond the arc en route to 17 points off the bench. Dirk Nowitzki (1,196) is the only other Maverick to make at least 1,000 3-pointers with Dallas. Michael Finley (870) ranks third in franchise history behind Nowitzki and Terry (1,002).
CHANDLER CLEANS THE GLASS - Tyson Chandler grabbed 14 of his game-high 18 boards in the third quarter vs. Minnesota on 12/1/10. It set a franchise record for the most rebounds in a period. Popeye Jones (third quarter vs. L.A. Clippers 4/6/96) and Lorenzo Williams (second quarter vs. Sacramento 2/21/96) shared the Dallas recored for the most rebounds in a quarter prior to Chandler snatching 14 in the third period against the Timberwolves. Chandler outrebounded the entire Timberwolves team 14-11 in the quarter and posted the same number of rebounds in the period as the Timberwolves (11) and the rest of the Mavericks (3) combined. He helped the Mavs outrebound the Timberwolves (who entered the meeting with Dallas as the top rebounding club at 46.8 rpg) 50-46 in the game en route to a 100-86 win. Chandler pulled down a season-high 18 rebounds on five occasions in 2010-2011. He ranked 10th in the league with 9.4 boards per contest.
STREAK BUSTERS - The Mavericks ended six winning streaks that lasted at least five games in 2010-2011. They first took down the Celtics early on in the year, ending Boston's five-game win streak on 11/8. The Mavs then handed the Hornets their first loss of the season on 11/15, after New Orleans entered the meeting with Dallas owning an 8-0 record. The only other time in team history that the Mavs faced an undefeated team that late in the year (at least nine games in) was 2005-2006, when the 8-0 Detroit Pistons visited the American Airlines Center on 11/19/05 and the Mavs recorded a 119-82 win. After taking down the Hornets on 11/15, the Mavs defeated the Thunder on 11/24, ending Oklahoma City's five-game win streak. The Mavs continued their streak-busting spree by snapping San Antonio's 12-game winning streak on 11/26. They next put a halt to Utah's seven-game win streak with a victory on the road on 12/3. Dallas busted the Heat's 12-game win streak with a victory in Miami on 12/20 and became just the fifth team in NBA history to snap two 12-game win streaks in a season (also Rochester 1949, Phoenix 1990, Portland 2001, and the L.A. Lakers 2008). The Mavericks were also the last team to defeat the Heat before they went on their 12-game run. The longest win streak ever ended by the Mavs prior to this season was 11 games (snapped two 11-game runs, defeating the Kings on 4/14/02 and the Rockets on 4/24/93). Dallas became the 10th team in NBA history to break six streaks of at least five consecutive wins in a season. The 1990 Phoenix Suns hold the record with eight.
HOW SWEEP IT IS - When the Mavericks faced the Heat on 11/27/10, it marked the 108th time in franchise history that Dallas played four games in five nights. With wins over Detroit (11/23), Oklahoma City (11/24), San Antonio (11/26) and Miami (11/27), the Mavs completed the four-game sweep (in five nights) for just the third time in team history (also did so in February 1985 and November 2006).
CARLISLE RECORDS 400TH WIN - Rick Carlisle recorded his 400th career win against Minnesota on 12/1/10. The victory over the Timberwolves also marked the 300th win by Dallas at the American Airlines Center (where the Mavs began playing their home games in 2001-2002). An 11-3 (.786) month of November helped Carlisle reach 400 wins on the first day of December in 2010. November 2010 was Carlisle's most successful month as a head coach since his Pacers went 12-3 (.800) in January 2004. He followed that up by posting another 11-3 record in December. Carlisle holds an all-time record of 443-295 (.600) in nine season as an NBA head coach. He has gone 162-84 (.659) in the regular season in his first three seasons with Dallas.
EIGHT IN DOUBLE FIGURES - Jose Barea (11), Peja Stojakovic (12), Brendan Haywood (12), Jason Terry (12), Rodrigue Beaubois (13), Dirk Nowitzki (13), Shawn Marion (14) and Jason Kidd (20) all scored in double figures against the Kings on 2/16/11. It marked the first time since 4/6/93 that eight Dallas players recorded 10-plus points in a game (defeated Seattle 109-107). That year (1992-1993), the Mavericks finished with a record of 11-71 in the regular season.
BEST START SINCE 2002-2003 - The Mavericks used a 12-game win streak (11/2 - 12/11/10) to help propel them to their second-best start in franchise history through 25 games. With the victory over Portland on 12/15, Dallas improved to 20-5 on the year. It marked just the second time in team history that Dallas has recorded at least 19 wins through 25 games. Dallas was 22-3 after 25 games in 2002-2003, marking the only time in franchise history that the Mavs had a better record after 25 games. Dallas has had 18 wins through 25 games three times in franchise history, all coming since 2005-2006.
RECORD THROUGH 25 GAMES
- 2010-2011 20-5
- 2009-2010 18-7
- 2008-2009 14-11
- 2007-2008 16-9
- 2006-2007 19-7
- 2005-2006 18-7
- 2004-2005 16-9
- 2003-2004 15-10
- 2002-2003 22-3
NO KIDDING AROUND - Jason Kidd wasted no time showing why he is still considered to be one of the elite point guards in the NBA today. The 17-year veteran dished out 18 assists on opening night vs. Charlotte (10/27/10). His previous high assist total on opening night was 16, which he recorded vs. the L.A. Clippers on 10/31/97 as a member of the Phoenix Suns. The 18 assists marked the most assists by a Maverick on opening night in franchise history (previous 13 by Steve Nash on 10/30/92). It's tied for the second-most dimes on onening night in NBA history (Tim Hardaway also recorded 18 assists with Golden State vs. Denver on 11/2/90). John Stockton holds the record for the most assists in a season opener with 19 (vs. Denver 11/3/89).