DIRK REACHES 25K POINTS - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki eclipsed the 25,000-point mark at New Orleans on April 14, 2013 with an 18-foot fadeaway jumper over Robin Lopez at the 6:44 mark of the second quarter. The basket gave him 11 points for the game and 25,001 for his career. He became the 17th player in NBA history to reach the 25,000-point plateau. Nowitzki also became one of only nine players in NBA history with at least 25,000 points and 9,000 rebounds (joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin Garnett). He finished with 19 points and six boards against the Hornets.
CARLISLE'S 500TH WIN - Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle recorded his 500th career win against Portland on February 6, 2013 (Dallas defeated Portland 105-99). He became the 28th coach in NBA history to reach the 500-win mark. Carlisle, who recorded his 500th victory in his 853rd game (went 500, .586 in his first 853 games), became the 11th-fastest coach in NBA history (of the 28) to reach the milestone. His 500th career victory was his 219th win with the Mavericks (he went 219-142, .607, in his first 361 games with the club).
VINSANITY ON THE ALL-TIME SCORING LIST - Mavericks swingman Vince Carter currently ranks 27th all-time in scoring with 22,223 points. Elgin Baylor ranks 26th all-time with 23,149 career points. Carter passed Hal Greer (21,586) for 30th place on the all-time scoring list at Sacramento on January 10, 2013. Carter made a pair of free throws at the 41.9-second mark of overtime that gave him 23 points for the game and 21,587 for his career (the exact point total he needed to pass Greer going into the game). In the Mavericks next meeting with the Kings on February 13, 2013, Carter moved into 29th place on the all-time scoring list. He went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc against Sacramento. With his sixth trey at the 2.9-second mark of the third quarter, he passed Larry Bird (21,791) for 29th place on the all-time scoring list. The triple gave him 21,794 career points. He made three straight treys to close the third quarter and scored the final nin points of the period. Carter next passed Gary Payton (21,813) for 28th place on the all-time scoring list at New Orleans on February 22, 2013. Carter tied Payton for 28th place with a triple at the 4:15 mark of the first quarter (the trey gave him 21,813 career points). He then passed "The Glove" with a three-point play at the 1:03 mark of the first quarter (which put him at 21,816 career points). Carter became the 28th player in NBA history to eclipse the 22,000-point mark at Atlanta on March 18, 2013. A driving layup at the 1:29 mark of the second quarter against the Hawks put him at 22,001 points for his career. In the game against Memphis on April 15, 2013, Carter passed Clyde Drexler (22,195) for 27th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a reverse layup at the 3:30 mark of the first quarter (the basket gave him 22,197 career points). "Vinsanity" averaged 20-plus points for 10 consecutive seasons from 1999-2009.
DIRK ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki ranks 17th all-time in career scoring with 25,051 points. Jerry West ranks 16th all-time with 25,192 career points. Nowitzki passed Allen Iverson (24,368) for 18th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list versus Phoenix (1.27.13) with a jumper at the 5:38 mark of the 3rd quarter. The basket gave him 13 points for the game and 24,370 for his career. He moved past Patrick Ewing (24,815) and into 17th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list against the L.A. Clippers on March 26, 2013, with a jump shot at the 8:51 mark of the first quarter (it gave him four points for the game and 24,816 for his career). Nowitzki became the 17th player in NBA history to surpass the 25,000-point milestone at New Orleans on April 14, 2013 with a jumper over Robin Lopez at the 6:44 mark of the second quarter (the bucket gave him 11 points for the game and 25,001 for his career). Nowitzki ranks third among active players in scoring, trailing only Kobe Bryant (31,617) and Kevin Garnett (25,274). Only two other players born outside of the United States have more career points than the seven-footer from Germany: Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946, born in Nigeria) and Dominique Wilkins (26,668, born in France). Nowitzki reached the 20,000-point milestone during the 2009-2010 season, becoming the first European-born player to achieve this milestone.
MARION MILESTONES - Mavericks forward Shawn Marion appeared in his 1,000th career regular season game against Phoenix on January 27, 2013 and tallied a game-high-tying 18 points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds and five assists. Marion became the 107th player in NBA history to reach the 1,000-game plateau. It was one of several milestones he achieved in 2012-2013. Marion grabbed his 9,000th career rebound at Toronto on December 14, 2012, becoming the 45th player in NBA history with at least 9,000 boards. He surpassed the 16,000-point mark against Philadelphia on December 18, 2012, becoming the 95th player in league history with at least 16,000 career points. Marion joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone and Kevin Garnett as the only players in NBA history with at least 16,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals and 1,000 blocks. He recorded his 1,600th career steal at Portland on January 29, 2013, becoming the 27th player in NBA history with at least 1,600 career thefts. Marion gathered his 2,500th career offensive rebound at Memphis on February 27, 2013, becoming the 40th player in NBA history with at least 2,500 offensive boards. On March 6, 2013 versus Houston, he recorded his 1,617th career steal and passed Rod Strickland (1,616) for 25th place on the NBA's all-time steals list. Marion also hit his 700th career 3-pointer against Golden State on November 19, 2012 and recorded his 2,000th career assist at the L.A. Lakers on April 2, 2013.
20,000 MANIAACS - Since December 15, 2001, Dallas has sold out 473 regular-season home games which is an NBA-best-sellout streak. Dallas has also sold out an additional 60 playoff games during that 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 368-116 (.760) at home during the regular season. Dallas has sold out all of its games in each of the past 11 seasons.
# 1 BENCH IN THE NBA - The Mavericks averaged a league-high 41.5 bench points per game in 2012-2013. The mavericks scored at least 60 points off the pine three times this year (3-0 record). Dallas scored a season-high 64 bench-points against Sacramento on February 13, 2013 (the Mavs' bench outscored the Kings' bench, 64-25). The Mavericks' bench also produced 60-plus points twice in a three-game span (vs. Cleveland on March 15, 2013 and at Atlanta on March 18, 2013). Dallas' bench outscored Cleveland's bench 60-19 on March 15, 2013 and Atlanta's bench 61-44 on March 18, 2013. Dallas' bench totaled 50-plus points 15 times in 2012-2013 (11-4 record). The Mavericks ranked third in the NBA in bench scoring in 2011-2012 and led the league in bench scoring in 2010-2011 (40.4 ppg).
CARTER JOINS ELITE GROUP - Mavericks swingman Vince Carter recorded his 4,000th career assist (at the 11:15 mark of the second quarter) at Sacramento on April 5, 2013. He became one of 15 players in NBA history with at least 22,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists (joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, Alex English, Keving Garnett, Jerry West, Paul Pierce, Charles Barkley, Ray Allen and Clyde Drexler). Carter's second assist against the Kings was the 4,000th of his career. He finished with a season-high-tying eight dimes on the night (also had 8 versus Orlando on February 20, 2013).
60-PLUS PERCENT IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES - After shooting 61.3 percent (49-of-80) from the field in the 126-99 win over the Bobcats on November 3, 2012, the Mavericks shot 61.5 percent (48-of-78) from the floor in the 114-91 win over the Blazers on November 5, 2012. The Mavericks had never shot 60-plus percent from the field in consecutive games in a single season prior to the games versus Charlotte and Portland. What's more, if you combine their field goal percentage over those two games, it's 61.4 percent. That's their highest field goal percentage over a two-game span in a single season in franchise history. The Mavericks recorded consecutive 60-plus percent shooting nights in just their third and fourth games of the 2012-2013 season and without 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki in the lineup. Before the game against the Bobcats on November 3, the last time the Mavericks shot at least 60 percent from the field in a game was at Houston on November 25, 2009 when they shot .655, 55-of-84.
DIRK DOES IT AGAIN - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left to give Dallas a 100-98 victory over Chicago on March 30, 2013. It marked the 12th time in his career that Nowitzki made a game-winning basket in the final 10 seconds of a regular-season contest (and the first since March 30, 2012 at Orlando). Nowitzki, who finished with a season-high 35 points (14-17 FGs, 5-6 3FGs, 2-2FTs) against the Bulls, scored 15 points in the fourth quarter (including Dallas' final eight points of the game). Dallas trailed by 12 (97-85) with under four minutes to go in regulation but closed the game on a 15-1 run en route to the win.
BLOCK PARTY - The Mavericks set a franchise record with 17 blocked shots at New Orleans on February 22, 2013 (previous high: 16 vs. Portland on April 7, 1998). Bernard James accounted for seven of Dallas 17 blocks. Shawn Marion had three, while O.J. Mayo, Elton Brand, and Brandan Wright each had two. Jae Crowder also had a rejection off the bench for Dallas.
SARGE'S SEVEN SWATS - Mavericks rookie center Bernard James blocked a career-high seven shots in just 15 minutes of action at New Orleans on February 22, 2013 (his previous high block total was four on two occasions). He became the first Mavericks rookie in franchise history to record seven blocks in a game (Kurt Nimphius had six as a rookie in 1981-1982 and Roy Tarpley had six as a first-year player in 1986-1987). Since the NBA began tracking blocked shots in 1973, only three other players had at least seven swats while playing less than 16 minutes in a game: Caldwell Jones (1977), Manute Bol (twice: 1988 and 1992) and Sam Bowie (1992). Prior to James, the last Maverick to have seven blocks in a game was Brandan Wright at Houston on March 24, 2012.
A MAYO-ZING PERFORMANCE - Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo poured in a career-high-tying 40 points (15-26 FGs, 6-9 3FGs, 4-4 FTs) to go along with a team-high eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 42 minutes in Dallas' 116-109 win at Houston on December 8, 2012 (he also had 40 in a loss at Denver on November 1, 2009 while with Memphis). Mayo scored 16 points in the first quarter and also had 16 in the fourth, including 12 of Dallas' final 14 points of the game (10 in the last three minutes}. He went 6-of-9 from the floor in the fourth, including 2-of-2 from deep. Mayo's layup with 21.2 seconds remaining put him at 40 points for the game and (5,001 for his career). Mayo outdueled Houston's James Harden, who finished with a team-high 39 points on the night. He outscored Harden 16-3 in the fourth quarter. Mayo totaled 30-plus points for the third time in Dallas' first 20 games of the season (he had 30 vs. Charlotte on November 3, 2012 and 32 vs. Portland on November 5, 2012). Before Mayo, no starting guard had even reached that plateau in a game for Dallas since Jason Terry on February 8, 2010 (36 at Golden State). Mayo also became the first Maverick other then Dirk Nowitzki to score 40 points in a game since Rodrigue Beaubois tallied 40 off the bench at Golden State on March 27, 2010.
THE WRIGHT STUFF - Mavericks big man Brandan Wrightscored in double figures a career-high 28 times in 2012-2013 (18-10 record). Prior to the 2012-2013 season, the most double-figure scoring games he recorded in any one year was 16 with Golden State in 2008-2009. Wright began the season strong and finshed the season even stronger. He scored in double digits in each of Dallas' first six games of the year and averaged 12.0 points on 70.5 percent (31-of-44) shooting in that stretch. Prior to the 2012-2013 season, Wright hadn't scored in double figures in more than three consecutive games. After appearing as a reserve in all 49 of his games with Dallas in 2011-2012, Wright started the first eight games of the season for the Mavericks in 2012-2013. While he had an impressive start to the season, Wright played some of his best basketball towards the end of the year. He averaged 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 23.8 minutes in the final 24 games of the 2012-2013 season. He shot 57.8 percent from the field in that span. Wright tallied a season-high )game-high)23 points (11-16 FGs, 1-2 FTs) to go along with eight rebounds in 30 minutes versus Boston on March 22, 2013. He earned game-high scoring honors for just the second time in his career (while playing with the Warriors in 2008-2009, he scored a career-high 25 points against Philadelphia on March 20, 2009). Wright also scored 20-plus points for just the second time in his career. He went 11-of-16 from the field against the Celtics, setting new career highs for field goals made and attempted )was: 10 FGM vs. Philadelphia March 20, 2009; 13 3FGA three times). Wright appeared in his 51st game of the season against the Celtics (it was his 100th game with the Mavericks). He hadn't appeared in 50 games in a single season prior to this year (his previous high was 49 in 2011-2012). Wright had another big game for the Mavericks at the end of March. In the game against the Bulls on March 30, 2013, he recorded his first double/double of the season (fourth career) with 17 points (7-8 FGs, 3-4 3FGs) and a career-high tying 13 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was his first double/double since April 1, 2011 at Philadelphia (15 points and 11 rebounds with New Jersey). Wright notched his second 20-point effort of the season (third career) at Sacramento on April 5, 2013. He recorded 20 points (9-14 FGs, 2-2 FTs) to go along with six rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes off the bench against the Kings. Prior to dropping 23 points against the Celticsw on March 22, 2013, the most points Wright scored in a game as a maverick was 17 versus Golden State on April 20, 2012. Wright appeared in a career-high 64 games (16 starts) in 2012-2013 and averaged career highs in points (8.5), rebo9unds (4.1) and minutes (18.0) to go along with 1.2 blocks per game.
TRIPLE THREAT - The Mavericks had three players that ranked in the top 30 in 3-point field goal percentage this season: Dirk Nowitzki (22nd, .414), O.J. Mayo (26th, .407) and Vince Carter (13.4 ppg) were also the Mavericks' top three scorers. As a team, Dallas shot 37.2 percent from the long distance in 2012-2013 (ranked 6th in the NBA).
FIVE STRAIGHT GAMES WITH SIX-PLUS MAVS IN DOUBLE FIGURES - The Mavericks had at least six players score in double figures in five consecutive games from January 12 - January 20, 2013. The Mavericks went 4-1 in those games, with their only loss coming against Oklahoma City in overtime on January 18. It marked only the second time in franchise history that Dallas had at least six players score 10-plus points in five straight games (Dallas had six-plus players in double figures in six straight games from April 4 - April 13, 1986). The Mavericks' streak came to an end against San Antonio on January 25, 2013 when they finished with five players in double figures (two players finished with eight points in that game.)
DIRK TURNS BACK CLOCK WITH 20/20 PERFORMANCE - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki totaled 21 points (8-16 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 4-4 FTs) and a season-high 20 rebounds in 35 minutes against Milwaukee on February 26, 2013. It was his first 20/20 game since April 3, 2003 against the Los Angeles Lakers (25 points and 22 rebounds), an NBA-record span of nine years and 329 days between 20/20 effores (points with rebounds or assists). It was Nowitzki's sixth career 20-point, 20-rebound game. It was also his seventh game wiuth 20-plus rebounds and his first since December 27, 2007 against Cleveland (20 rebounds).
BIG NIGHT FOR MAVS BACKCOURT - Mavericks point guard Darren Collison tallied a game-high 23 points (7-11 FGs, 1-1 3FGs, 8-8 FTs) to go along with a game-high-tying nine assists in 36 minutes versus Minnesota on January 14, 2013. Mavericks shooting guard O.J. Mayo scored 20 points (8-11 FGs, 3-4 3FGs, 1-1 FTs) and handed out nine assists against the Timberwolves. It marked only the fifth time in franchise history that the Mavericks had two players with atleast 20 points and nine assists in the same game (Mark Aguirre and Derek Harper did it in 1988, Jason Kidd and George McCloud in 1996, Michael Finley and Robert Pack in 1999 and Steve Nash and Tim Hardaway in 2002}. Waht's more, it was just the second time in team history that the Mavericks' starting guards recorded at least 20 points and nine assists in the same game. Michael Finley(33 points and 10 assists) and Robert Pack (24 points and 11 assists) did it for Dallas against Phoenix on December 11, 1999. Collison and Mayo shot a combined 15-of-22 (.682) from the field, 4-of-5 (.800) from deep and 9-of-9 (1.000) from the line against Minnesota. Mayo also recorded seven rebounds and two steals and Collison added a game-high three steals. Dallas was plus-30 with Mayo in the game and plus-27 with Collison on the floor. The Mavericks guards had another big night later in the year versus Golden State on February 9, 2013 when they combined for 37 points and 17 assists. Mayo recorded 19 points and a game-high nine assists against the Warriros while Collison had 18 points and eight dimes. Mayo recorded a plus/minus rating of plus-24 against the Warriors while Collison had a plus/minus rating of plus-22.
CARLISLE'S 200TH WIN WITH DALLAS - With the 126-99 victory over Charlotte on November 3, 2012, Rick Carlisle recorded his 200th win with the Mavericks. He became one of three coaches in franchise history to achieve the milestone. Only Don Nelson (339) and Dick Motta (329) have more wins with Dallas than Carlisle (239).
CARTER'S 8,000TH CAREER FIELD GOAL - Mavericks swingman Vince Carter recorded his 8,000th career field goal against Cleveland on March 15, 2013 with a 3-pointer at the 1:33 mark of the fourth quarter. He became the 33rd player in NBA history with at least 8,000 career field goals. Carter currently has 8,085 career field goals. There are onlhy five active players with more career field goals than Carter: Kobe Bryant (11,024), Kevin Garnett (10,171), Tim Duncan (9,207), Dirk Nowitzki (8,774) and Ray Allen (8,327).
6,000-PLUS FREE THROWS FOR DIRK - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has shot 6,6163-of-7,024 (.877) from the line for his career. Nowitzki went 2-for-2 from the line at Oklahoma City on December 27, 2012, giving him exactly 6,000 career free throws. He became the 18th player in NBA history with at least 6,000 made free throws. He also became one of only four seven-footers to reach the milestone (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and David Robinson). Nowitzki went 8-of-9 from the line against Oklahoma City on January 18, 2013 and passed Dominique Wilkins (6,031) for 17th place on the NBA's all-time free throws made list. With his first free throw of the game (6,036th career) at Orlando on January 20, 2013, he passed David Robinson (6,035) for 16th place on the all-time list. With his seventh free throw (6,058th career) at the 11:06 mark of the fourth quarter against Golden State on February 9, 2013, Nowitzki passed Wilt Chamberlain (6,057) for 15th place on the all-time free throws made list. Bob Pettit ranks 14th all-time with 6,182 career free throws. Nowitzki is one of two players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, eight rebounds and shoot 80 percent from the line for a career (Larry Bird is the other).
THREE-POINT BARRAGE - The Mavericks shot 16-for 25 (.640) from beyond the arc in the 126-99 win over Charlotte on November 3, 2012. It was their highest three-point field goal percentage in a game in franchise history with a minimum of 25 3-point field goal attempts. The Mavericks' previous high 3-point field goal percentage game (minimum 25 attempts) was 60 percent on two occasions (Dallas went 15-of-25 from 3-point range vs. Phoenix on April 5, 2009 and at the L.A. Lakers on December 6, 2002). Prior to Dallas, the last NBA team to shoot 64-plus percent from deep (minimum 25 attempts) was Minnesota on December 4, 2010 (shot 18-of-26 3FGs, .692, vs. Cleveland). After shooting 64 percent (16-of-25) from long range against the Bobcats on November 3, 2012, the Mavericks shot 50 percent (10-of-20) from deep in a 114-91 win over the Blazers on November 5, 2012. Dallas shot 57.8 percent (26-of-45) from beyond the arc in the two-game span against Charlotte and Portland.
FREE POINTS - The Mavericks shot 79.3 percent from the line in 2012-2013, which ranked second in the NBA (Oklahoma City led the league with a free throw percentage of .828). The Mavericks were perfect at the line three times this season. Dallas went 19-of-19 from the stripe at Sacramento on April 5, 2013. The 19 free throws against the Kings were the most the Mavericks have made in a game without a miss since November 26, 2007 against Washington (29-of29 FTs). The Mavericks led the league in free throw percentage in 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2007-2008 and 2009-2010.
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