NOWITZKI MOVES INTO TOP 20 ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST - Dirk Nowitzki scored his 23,000th career point against Milwaukee on January 13, 2012 with his first free throw at the 7:17 mark of the second quarter. He became the 23rd player in NBA history (third active player) to achieve the milestone. He moved past Elgin Baylor (23,149) and into 22nd place on the NBA's all-time scoring list at Cleveland (February 4, 2012) with a 17-foot fadeaway at the 7:37 mark of the fourth quarter. In his next game at Denver on February 8, 2012, he scored a game-high 25 points and passed former Maverick Adrian Dantley (23,177) for 21st place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a jumper at the 1:36 mark of the fourth quarter. Nowitzki moved past former Celtic Robert Parish (23,334) and into 20th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list against Boston on February 20, 2012, with a three-point play at the 5:55 mark of the first quarter. He hit a 14-foot jumper (assisted by Jason Kidd) and was fouled by Chris Wilcox on the shot attempt. Nowitzki connected on the free throw, giving him his seventh point of the game (23,335 career). Nowitzki scored a game-high 31 points at Houston on March 24, 2012 and passed Charles Barkley (23,757) for 19th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. He made a pair of free throws with 18.5 seconds left in overtime that gave him 31 points for the game (23,758 for his career), the exact point total he needed to pass Barkley going into the game. Nowitzki became the 19th player in NBA history to reach the 24,000-point plateau in overtime at the L.A. Lakers on April 15, 2012 and now has 24,134 career points. He ranks third among active players in career scoring, trailing only Kobe Bryant (29,484) and Kevin Garnett (24,270). Only three other players born outside the United States have more career points than the 7-footer from Germany: Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) born in Nigeria, Dominique Wilkins (26,668) born in France and Patrick Ewing (24,815) born in Jamaica. Nowitzki reached the 20,000-point mark during the 2009-2010 season, becoming the first European-born player to achieve the milestone.
KIDD PASSES MJ FOR SECOND PLACE ON STEALS LIST - Jason Kidd passed Michael Jordan (2,514) for second place on the NBA's all-time steals list against Boston on February 20, 2012 with his first steal of the game (2,515th career) at the 5:59 mark of the second quarter (he intercepted a pass thrown in by Ray Allen). John Stockton is the NBA's all-time steals leader with 3,265 career thefts. Kidd recorded a season-high six steals against Sacramento on January 14, 2012. He led Dallas in steals per game (1.7) and total steals (82) in 2011-2012 and now has 2,559 career thefts. Kidd has been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team four times in his career (1999, 2001, 2002 and 2006) and NBA All-Defensive Second Team five times (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007).
13 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 1,000 POINTS - Dirk Nowitzki eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for the 2011-2012 season in the first half at Miami on March 29, 2012 and finished with 1,342 points on the year. He recorded his 13th consecutive season with 1,000-plus points (1999-2000 - 2011-2012), becoming one of 16 players in NBA history to accomplish the feat. Tim Duncan (14 straight seasons) and Kobe Bryant (13 straight seasons) are the only other active players that have scored at least 1,000 points in 13 consecutive seasons. Nowitzki went 11 straight seasons with at least 1,500 points (2000-2011) before seeing that streak come to an end in the shortened (66-game) season of 2011-2012.
20,000 MANIAACS - The season-opener versus Miami on December 25, 2011 marked the Mavericks 400th consecutive sellout. Since December 15, 2001, Dallas has sold out 432 regular-season home games which is an NBA-best sellout streak. Dallas has also sold out an additional 59 playoff games during the same stretch. The listed capacity for the American Airlines Center is 19,200 but that can be surpassed because of attendance in the suites. Since moving into the American Airlines Center (2001-2002 season), the Mavericks have posted a record of 346-97 at home. Dallas has sold out all of its games in each of the past 10 seasons.
JET CLIMBS TO NUMBER FOUR ON THE ALL-TIME 3FGS MADE LIST - Jason Terry went 138-365 (.378) from beyond the arc in 2011-2012 and recorded his 12th consecutive season with 100-plus 3-pointers made. Orlando's Ryan Anderson (166) was the only player with more triples this season. Terry also ranked second in the NBA in 3-pointers made in the fourth quarter with 49 (49-113, .434). New York's Steve Novak led the league with 52 trays in the fourth. Terry began the 2011-2012 season in eighth place on the NBA's all-time 3-point field goals made list with 1,650 career trays. He passed Rashard Lewis for seventh place on the all-time threes list with his first triple of the game (1,681st career) at the 1:26 mark of the second quarter against Sacramento on January 14, 2012. In the game against New Jersey on February 28, 2012, he tied former Maverick Dale Ellis for sixth place on the all-time list with his first trey of the game (1,719th career) at the 2:22 mark of the first quarter. He passed Ellis with his next triple (1,720th career) at the 2:26 mark of the third quarter in the game against New Jersey. With his first 3-pointer of the game (1,761st career) at the 35.9-second mark of the first quarter against Portland on April 6, 2012, he passed former Maverick Peja Stojakovic (1,760) for fifth place on the all-time list. In the triple-overtime game at Utah on April 16, 2012, he tied Chauncey Billups for fourth place on the all-time list with his fourth 3-pointer of the game (1,783rd career) at the 4:20 mark of the first overtime period. He passed Billups (1,783) and took sole possession of fourth place with his first 3-pointer of the game (1,784th career) at the 11:22 mark of the second quarter against Houston on April 18, 2012. Terry has now made 1,788 3-pointers in his career, 1,140 of which have come with the Mavericks.
NOWITZKI RECORDS 1,000TH BLOCK - Dirk Nowitzki recorded his 1,000th career block against Boston on February 20, 2012, with an emphatic rejection on an Avery Bradley shot attempt at the 9:30 mark of the first quarter. Nowitzki, who entered the game with 1,220 career 3-pointers, became one of only three players in NBA history with at least 1,000 3-pointers and 1,000 blocks, joining Clifford Robinson and Rasheed Wallace. Nowitzki also became the 80th player in NBA history to reach the 1,000-block milestone. Nowitzki became the only player in NBA history to record at least 150 3-pointers and 100 blocks in a single season in 2000-2001 (151 threes, 101 blocks). He was also just the second player in NBA history to record 100-plus threes and 100-plus blocks in one season (Robert Horry had 143 threes and 109 blocks with Houston in 1995-1996). Nowitzki currently has 1,275 career 3-pointers and 1,013 career blocks. He ranks second on Dallas' all-time blocks list behind Shawn Bradley with 1,250.
DIRK'S 11TH CONSECUTIVE ALL-STAR APPEARANCE - For the 11th consecutive season, Dirk Nowitzki represented the Western Conference at the 2012 All-Star Game held in Orlando. His 11 All-Star appearances are the most by any player in franchise history and his run of 11 straight appearances is the second-longest active streak in the NBA (Kobe Bryant has made 14 straight All-Star appearances). Nowitzki, who appeared as a Western Conference reserve in the 2012 All-Star Game, contributed seven points and four rebounds in 14 minutes to help the West defeat the East, 152-149. Nowitzki holds career averages of 9.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 18.4 minutes in 11 All-Star games (two starts). He posted a career-high 22 points (8-15 FGs, 6-6 FTs) in the 2010 All-Star Game held in Dallas.
MARION BIG ON THE BOARDS - Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion led Dallas in rebounding this season with 7.4 rebounds per game. The 6'7 Marion was the only player in the NBA 6-foot-7 or shorter to lead his team on the glass in 2011-2012. The last Maverick player 6-foot-7 or shorter to lead Dallas in rebounding was 6-foot 7 Jay Vincent in 1984-1985 (8.9 rpg). Marion grabbed a team-high 465 boards in 2011-2012.
DIRK AND JET REACH 1,000 CAREER GAMES - Dirk Nowitzki played in his 1,000th career regular-season game (975th start) against Phoenix on January 4, 2012, becoming the 98th player in NBA history to accomplish the feat. With the victory over the Suns, Dallas won its 661st game with Nowitzki in the lineup (661-339 in his first 1,000 games). Nowitzki, whose first season in Dallas was in 1998-1999, is the third-longest tenured player with his original team (behind Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant). He passed Brad Davis (883) for the most games played in franchise history at Phoenix on January 28, 2010. Nowitzki, who has now played in 1,055 regular-season games, has appeared in an additional 124 playoff games (all starts) over the course of his NBA career. Nowitzki's teammate, Jason Terry, appeared in his 1,000th career regular season game at Golden State on March 10, 2012, becoming the 102nd player in NBA history to reach the milestone. The 6'2, 180-pound guard from Arizona has proven to be very durable since he came into the league in 1999. Terry, who is in his 13th season, has played in 1.022 of 1,050 possible games in his career. He has also appeared in 83 playoff games (45 starts) during his time in the NBA.
GROUP EFFORT - Brendan Haywood, Ian Mahinmi and Brandan Wright all split time at the center position for Dallas in 2011-2012 and managed to form a three-headed monster in the middle. Haywood started all 54 games in which he appeared in this season (after he started just eight games for Dallas in 2010-2011) and averaged 5.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 21.2 minutes per game. He posted seven double-figure scoring games and eight double-digit rebounding efforts. Mahinmi averaged career highs in points (5.8), rebounds (4.7) and minutes (18.7). He scored in double figures 10 times in 2011-2012, after he did so four times all of last season. He also recorded 12 starts in 2011-2012, after he had none going into this season. The high-flyer Brandan Wright, who was signed as a free agent by Dallas on December 9, 2011, made the most of his minutes at backup center. He averaged 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 16.1 minutes per game. Wright scored in double figures 13 times in 2-11-2012 and shot a team-high 61.8 percent (144-233 FGs) from the field.
DIRK CARRYING THE SCORING LOAD - Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas in scoring 45 times in 2011-2012 (including ties). It was the most times any player led his team in scoring this season. Miami's LeBron James, the L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Minnesota's Kevin Love all led their teams in scoring 43 times this season and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant led the Thunder in scoring 42 times.
CENTURY MARK SUCCESS - The Mavericks were 20-3 when they scored at least 100 points in a game in 2011-2012, including 6-1 when they scored 110-plus points in a game. Two of their three losses in 100-plus point scoring efforts came in back-to-back overtime decisions at the L.A. Lakers on April 15, 2012 and at Utah on April 16. Their other loss in such games came as a result of a Kevin Durant buzzer-beater at Oklahoma City on December 29, 2011. 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.
BENCH PRODUCTION - The Mavericks averaged 41.0 points per game off the bench in 2011-2012, which was the third-highest bench average in the league behind San Antonio's 41.9 bench points per game and Denver's 41.6 bench points per contest. Dallas was 7-0 when its bench scored at least 54 points in a game. Jason Terry led the Mavericks in scoring 11 times as a reserve (including ties). Dallas led the NBA in bench scoring in 2010-2011 with 40.4 points per game off the pine.
FRANCHISE MARK FOR HOLDING TEAMS UNDER 100 - The Mavericks held their opponents to under 100 points for 15 straight games from December 30, 2011 - January 23, 2012, which set a franchise record for consecutive games holding teams under the century mark (previously 13, January 16, 2006 - February 9, 2006). Opponents averaged just 84.3 points per game on 39.8 percent shooting against the Mavericks in those 15 games and Dallas went 11-4 in that span. The Mavericks held their opponents to under 80 points in three straight games during that stretch from January 13 - January 16, 2012. The Timberwolves ended the Mavericks' run when they defeated Dallas, 105-90, at the American Airlines Center on January 25, 2012. Minnesota was also the only team to score over 93 points against the Mavericks during their 15-game run (defeated Dallas, 99-82 at Minnesota on January 1, 2012). The Mavericks also held their opponents to under 100 points for 10 straight games from January 30 - February 17, 2012, going 7-3 in that span.
CARTER HITS 1,500TH CAREER 3-POINTER - With a 3-pointer at the 3:11 mark of the fourth quarter vs. Golden State on April 20, 2012, Vince Carter became the 18th player in NBA history with at least 1,500 career treys. Carter, who finished the 2011-2012 season with 1,501 career 3-pointers, joins teammates Jason Kidd (1,874) and Jason Terry (1,788) who sit third and fourth on the NBA's all-time 3-point field goals made list.
FREE POINTS - The Mavericks shot 25-of-26 (.962) from the line in the game against the Warriors on April 20, 2012. It marked the third straight game that the Mavericks shot at least 90 percent from the stripe in a game that they attempted 25-plus free throws. The Mavericks went 24-of-26 (.923) from the line against the Rockets on April 18, 2012 and 23-of-25 (.920) from the stripe in their triple-overtime game at Utah on April 16, 2012. There have been only four other teams in NBA history that have attempted 25-plus free throws and made at least 90 percent of them in three consecutive games in a single season and the 2010-2011 Mavericks were the last one of those teams to do so (January 22 - January 27, 2011). The others were Philadelphia in 1956-1957, Dallas in 1984-1985 and Oklahoma City in 2010-2011.
DIRK'S GAME WINNERS - Dirk Nowitzki hit the game-winning shot with 5.9 seconds left in the Mavericks' 100-98 win over the Magic on March 30, 2012. He drained a 15-foot fadeaway bank shot over the outstretched arms of Hedo Turkoglu to break a 98-98 tie. It marked the 11th time in his NBA career that Nowitzki made a game-winning basket in the final 10 seconds of a game, including the second time in 2011-2012. He had a go-ahead layup with 5.1 seconds remaining in the game at Boston on January 11, 2012 and the Mavericks prevailed, 90-85. Seven of Nowitzki's 11 game-winning buckets came on the road including each of the last three.
THE WRIGHT STUFF - Mavericks big man Brandan Wright recorded a career-high seven blocked shots in the win at Houston on March 24, 2012 (his previous career-high was four blocks on two occasions: at Cleveland February 4, 2012 and at New Orleans on March 22, 2009). He became the eighth player in Mavericks history to record seven blocks in a game and the first since Erick Dampier had seven vs. Chicago on February 25, 2008. The others are Shawn Bradley, Oliver Miller, James Donaldson, Roy Tarpley, Herb Williams and Dirk Nowitzki. Wright recorded 14 points (7-9 FGs) and six boards to go along with his seven swats, which matched the block total posted by the entire Rockets' team. Dallas managed seven-plus blocks as a team just 13 times in the 49 games prior to the game at Houston on March 24, 2012. The Mavericks finished with a season-high 15 rejections against the Rockets. It was the first time the Mavericks recorded 15 blocks in a game since January 29, 2005 (15 vs. Philadelphia).
STILL SEEING DOUBLE - Among active players in the NBA who have tallied the most double-doubles in their careers, the Mavericks have three players that rank in the top 10. Jason Kidd ranks third among active players with 487 career double-doubles, Shawn Marion ranks sixth with 404 and Dirk Nowitzki ranks eighth with 369. Kidd ranks first among active players and third all-time (behind Oscar Robertson, 181, and Magic Johnson, 138) with 107 career triple-doubles.
WEST FINISHES STRONG - Delonte West averaged 8.3 points per game in his first 29 games of the season before being sidelined 21 games with a fractured right ring finger (2.17 - 3.27/12). But West didn't show any signs of rust once he returned to the lineup (at Miami on 3/29/12). He averaged 12.1 points per game in his final 15 games of the season, including 14.3 points per game in his last seven games. West posted back-to-back 20-point scoring efforts at Portland on April 13 (21 points) and at the L.A. Lakers on April 15 (20 points). It was the third time he recorded consecutive 20-point scoring games in his career and the first time since December of 2008.
MARION KEY FACTOR ON BOTH ENDS - A lot of the Mavericks' success as a defensive unit this season can be attributed to the individual defensive efforts of small forward Shawn Marion, who is often assigned the task of guarding the opposing team's best offensive player. Marion's ability to guard multiple positions has made him very versatile on the defensive end. He has guarded point guards like Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Ty Lawson, scorers like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant and power forwards like Paul Millsap. The Thunder's Durant, who led the league in scoring for the third consecutive season in 2011-2012 (28.0ppg), shot 44 percent and recorded nine turnovers while being guarded by Marion this year. The Lakers' Bryant, who finished second in the NBA in scoring in 2011-2012 (27.9 ppg), shot 27 percent (9-of-33) while being defended by Marion. Bryant averaged just 14.5 points per game against Dallas with Marion in the lineup this season. But Marion's value isn't limited to the defensive end. The Mavericks were 11-1 when Marion scored at least 15 points in a game in 2011-2012. He led Dallas in double-doubles with 12 and recorded three 20-point games. Marion turned back the clock with a 29-point effort against his former team, the Phoenix Suns, on January 23, 2012. It tied his high-scoring game as a Maverick (he also had 29 at Minnesota on March 8, 2010).
BALANCING ACT - The Mavericks had at least five players in double figures in nine straight games from April 6 vs. Portland to April 20 vs. Golden State. It marked their longest run of consecutive games with five-plus players in double digits this season (second longest was three consecutive games, vs. Portland February 11 to vs. Denver February 15). The Mavericks finished the 2011-2012 season with a record of 21-10 when they had at least five scorers in double digits.
DIRK RECORDS 8,000TH CAREER FIELD GOAL - With a 10-foot step-back jumper (at the 7:40 mark of the second quarter) against Oklahoma City on January 2, 2012, Dirk Nowitzki recorded his 8,000th career regular-season made field goal. He became the 31st player in NBA history to accomplish the feat and he currently ranks fourth among active players in field goals made with 8,431 (behind Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan).
FAST STARTS - Dallas was 29-9 (.763) when leading at the half this season compared to 5-20 (.200) when trailing at intermission. The Mavericks were 8-0 when they scored 30-plus points in the first quarter and 6-0 when they scored at least 60 points in the first half. The Mavericks have now won 21 straight games when scoring 60-plus points in the opening half. The last time the Mavericks lost a game when they had at least 60 points in the first half was February 5, 2010 vs. Minnesota (led 61-57 at the half but lost 117-108).
THREE STREAK - Since February 27, 1999, the Mavericks have gone 1,086 consecutive regular-season games with a 3-pointer made - the longest streak in NBA history. They've made only one trey in a game 15 times in that span. The last time they went without a 3-point basket in a game was in a loss at Utah on February 26, 1999 (finished 0-of 8 from deep). The Raptors went 986 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer made, but their streak (which began on February 16, 1999) came to an end vs. Memphis on January 24, 2011.
WRIGHTEOUSNESS - Mavericks big man Brandan Wright had a breakout year for the Mavericks in 2011-2012. The former eighth overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft played in 49 games for the Mavericks. Wright hadn't appeared in more than 39 games in a season prior to 2011-2012. He led the team in blocks per game (1.3), total blocks (63) and field goal percentage (.618, 144-233 FGs). Wright scored in double figures in three consecutive games from march 24, 2012 through March 29, 2012 for the first time in his career and finished with 13 double figure scoring games on the year.
HOW SWEEP IT IS - When the Mavericks faced the Kings at home on January 14, 2012, it marked the 11th time in franchise history that Dallas played four games in five nights. With wins at Detroit (January 10), at Boston (January 11), vs. Milwaukee (January 13) and vs. Sacramento (January 14), the Mavericks completed a four-game sweep in five nights for just the fourth time in team history (also February 19-23, 1985, November 17-21, 2006 and November 23-27, 2010). The Mavericks recorded the sweep in 2010-2011 with wins against Detroit, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Miami.
PERFECT WHEN THEY SHOOT 50 PERCENT - The Mavericks were a perfect 10-0 when they shot at least 50 percent from the field in a game in 2011-2012. They have now won 14 straight games when they've shot 50-plus percent from the floor dating back to the 2010-2011 regular season. The last time the Mavericks lost a game when they shot at least 50 percent from the field was at Portland on March 15, 2011 (lost 104-101). Dallas shot 59.7 percent (40-of-67) from the field in that game, the highest percentage they shot in a losing effort in exactly 20 years (shot .600 in the 127-117 loss to Atlanta on March 15, 1991).
WIRE-TO-WIRE WINS - The Mavericks led from start to finish at Portland on April 13, 2012, marking the fourth time this season that Dallas did not trail nor was tied in a game (also January 10 at Detroit, January 14 vs. Sacramento and February 15 vs. Denver). The Mavericks had only one regular-season game of that type in 2010-2011 (a 115-90 win over Phoenix on April 10, 2011). Overall, Dallas won six games without trailing at any juncture in 2011-2012 (never trailed but game was tied February 20 vs. Boston and March 17 vs. San Antonio).
DOMINANT DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE - Dallas' defense shot down the Kings in the game at the American Airlines Center on January 14, 2012. The Mavericks held the Kings to just 60 points on 22-of-86 (.256) shooting , setting new franchise opponent lows for points (was 65 at Minnesota on February 27, 2007), field goals made (was 23 at Indiana, 23-of-67, on December 6, 2005) and field goal percentage (was .296, 24-of-81, at Minnesota on February 27, 2007). The Mavericks held the Kings to just 23 points in the first half (Dallas led 52-23 at the break). It marked an all-time low by a Mavericks opponent for points in a half. The previous franchise opponent low for points in a half was 24 by Vancouver (at Dallas on March 13, 1999, in the first half). The 23 points recorded by the Kings in the opening 24 minutes also represented an all-time Sacramento franchise low for points in a half (was 25 against Boston on February 26, 1957).
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