DYNAMIC DUO - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (21.7 ppg) ranked 13th in the NBA in scoring in 2013-2014, while Mavericks guard Monta Ellis (19.0 ppg) ranked 23rd. The duo of Nowitzki and Ellis propelled Dallas to several thrilling wins this season. Ellis (37) and Nowitzki (35) combined for 72 points, including 22 in the fourth quarter, in the Mavericks' 123-120 come-from-behind win over Houston on November 20. The tandem scored the final 19 points in Dallas' 89-82 comeback win over Charlotte on December 3. The duo scored the last 14 points in the Mavericks' 108-106 win at Portland on December 7 (and Ellis delivered the game-winning jumper at the buzzer). Nowitzki (40) and Ellis (26) combined for 66 points in Dallas' 110-107 win over New Orleans on January 11. Ellis went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field (2-of-2 from deep) in the fourth quarter versus Denver (March 21) and scored 14 points in the period to help lead the Mavericks past the Nuggets. Ellis (game-high 26) and Nowitzki (21) both finished with 20-plus points in Dallas' 122-106 win over Denver on March 21. Nowitzki and Ellis both scored eight points in the fourth quarter of the game versus Oklahoma City (March 25) and Nowitzki scored seven in overtime to lift Dallas to a 128-119 win. Ellis (37) and Nowitzki (23) combined for 60 points in Dallas' 101-98 win over Phoenix on April 12. Ellis (23) and Nowitzki (21) teamed for 44 of Dallas' 55 second-half points against Phoenix (April 12). The tandem outscored the entire Suns team in the second half (Phoenix finished with 41 second half points). The Mavericks were 7-3 this year when Nowitzki scored 30-plus points in a game and 4-1 when Ellis scored at least 30. Nowitzki and Ellis scored 20-plus points in the same game 22 times in 2013-2014 (13-9 record). The Mavericks were 8-4 this season when Ellis scored at least ten points in the fourth quarter of a game and 7-2 when Nowitzki scored at least ten in the fourth.
BALANCED ATTACK - The Mavericks were 15-3 this year when they had at least six players score in double figures. They were 16-8 in such games last season. The Mavericks had all five of their starters reach double figures nine times in 2013-2014 (7-2 record). The Mavericks had all five of their starters in double digits five times in 2012-2013 (3-2 record).
DIRK MOVES INTO THE TOP 10 ON THE NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki ranks tenth all-time in career scoring with 26,786 points. Hakeem Olajuwon ranks ninth with 26,946 points. Nowitzki passed Jerry West (25,192) for 16th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list against Washington (11/12/13) with a 3-pointer from the left wing at the 59.9-second mark of the third quarter. The basket gave him 16 points for the game (and 25,194 points for his career). He passed Reggie Miller (25,279) for 15th place on the NBA's All-Time scoring list with a free throw at the 2:11 mark of the second quarter versus Houston on 11/20/13. The foul shot gave him 17 points for the game and (27,280 for his career). He finished with 35 points (13-20 FGs, 2-5 3FGs, 7-7 FTs) in 34 minutes against Houston (11/20/13). Nowitzki passed Brooklyn's Kevin Garnett for 14th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list against Denver on 11/25/13 but Garnett scored 12 points at Toronto to rmove back in front of Nowitzki. The big German recorded a 22-point effort against Golden State on 11/27/13 (giving him 25,383 career points) and again passed Garnett for 14th place on the all-time scoring list. Nowitzki posted a 31-point outing at Houston on 12/23/13 and passed Alex English (25,613) for 13th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a turnaround jumper at the 11:08 mark of the third quarter (the basket gave him 15 points for the game and 25,615 for his career). Nowitzki became the 13th player in NBA history to reach the 26,000-point mark versus Houston (1/29/14) with a putback layup at the 1:06 mark of the second quarter (the basket gave him 17 points for the game and 16,001 for his career). He was fouled on the play and hit the free throw to complete the three-point play (giving him 18 points for the game and 16,002 for his career). Nowitzki became one of six players in NBA history to score 26,000 points with one franchise, joining Karl Malone (Jazz), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Michael Jordan (Bulls), Hakeem Olajuwon (Rockets) and John Havlicek (Celtics). Nowitzki finished with a game-high 38 points (13-21 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 11-11 FTs) and a game-high 17 rebounds in 35 minutes against Houston on 1/29/14. Nowitzki tied John Havlicek (26,395) for 12th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a turnaround fadeaway jumper at the 8:29 mark of the fourth quarter at Golden State on 3/11/14. He moved past Havlicek and into 12th place on the all time scoring list with his first basket of the game (a one-legged fadeaway jumper) at the 11:46 mark of the first quarter at Utah on 3/12/14 (the basket gave him 26,397 points). Nowitzki scored Dallas' first seven points at Utah (3/12/14) and finished with a game-high 31 points (12-14 FGs, 4-4 3FGs, 3-3 FTs) on the night. Nowitzki passed Dominique Wilkins (26,668) for 11th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a free throw at the 8:47 mark of the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on 4/4/14 (the free throw, which was the first of two, gave him 18 points for the game and 26,669 for his career). He finished with a game-high 27 points (11-14 FGs, 1-2 3FGs, 4-5 FTs), nine rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes against L.A. Nowitzki passed Oscar Robertson (26,710) for 10th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a 19-foot jumper at the 11:46 mark of the fourth quarter at Utah on 4/8/14 (the basket gave him 18 points for the game and 26,711 for his career). He finished with a game-high 21 points (9-11 FGs, 2-3 3FGs, 1-1 FTs) in 33 minutes against the Jazz. Through 4/8/14, there had been 3,907 players who had appeared in an NBA game (and Nowitzki ranked 10th in scoring among those 3,907). Last season, Nowitzki became the 17th player in NBA history to surpass the 25,000-point milestone at New Orleans on 4/4/13 with a jumper over Robin Lopez at the 6:44 mark of the second quarter (the bucket gave him 11 points and 25,000 for his career). Kobe Bryant (31,700) is the only active player with more career points than Nowitzki. Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946, born in Nigeria) is the only player born outside of the United States with more career points than the seven-footer from Germany.
- NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
- 7 - Moses Malone...27,409 POINTS
- 8 - Elvin Hayes...27,313 POINTS
- 9 - Hakeem Olajuwon...26,946 POINTS
- 10 - Dirk Nowitzki...26,786 POINTS
- 11 - Oscar Robertson...26,710 POINTS
- 12 - Dominique Wilkins...26,668 POINTS
CARTER MOVES INTO THE TOP 25 ON THE NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST - Mavericks swingman Vince Carter ranks 25th all-time in career scoring with 23,190 points. Robert Parish ranks 24th with 23,334 points. Carter eclipsed the 23,000-point mark with a 3-pointer at the 2:17 mark of the third quarter at Oklahoma City on March 16, 2014 (the basket gave him 10 points for the game and 23,002 for his career). He became the 27th player in NBA history to reach 23,000 points. He also became one of 14 players in NBA history with 23,000 points, 5000 rebounds and 4000 assists. Carter passed Elgin Baylor (23,149) for 26th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a 3-pointer at the 4:55 mark of the fourth quarter at Sacramento on April 6, 2014 (the 3-pointer gave him 17 points for the game and 23,152 for his career). He passed Adrian Dantley (23,177) for 25th place on the all-time scoring list with a 3-pointer at the 9:24 mark of the second quarter versus Phoenix on April 12, 2014 (the basket gave him eight points for the game and 23,179 for his career).
- NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
- 22 Allen Iverson 24,368
- 23 Charles Barkley 23,757
- 24 Robert Parish 23,334
- 25 Vince Carter 23,190
- 26 Adrian Dantley 23,177
- 27 LeBron James 23,170
20,000 MANIAACS - Since December 15, 2001, Dallas has sold out 514 regular-season games, which is an NBA-best sellout streak. Dallas has also sold out an additional 60 playoff games during that same stretch. The game against the Heat on February 18, 2014 marked the Mavericks' 500th consecutive sellout in the regular season. 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 394-131 (.750) record at home during the regular season. Dallas has sold out all of its games in each of the past 12 seasons.
Marion Milestones - Mavericks forward Shawn Marion eclipsed the 17,000-point mark against the L.A. Clippers on January 3, 2014 with a 3-pointer at the 7:43 mark of the first quarter (the basked game him his first points of the game and 17,002 for his career). He became the 82nd player in NBA history to reach the 17,000-point milestone. He joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone and Kevin Garnett as the only players in NBA history with at least 17,000 points, 9000 rebounds, 1500 steals and 1000 blocks. Marion recorded his 7000th career field goal with a floater at the 5:30 mark of the third quarter at the L.A. Clippers on January 15, 2014. He became the 61st player in league history with at least 7000 field goals. Marion made his 1000th career start against Portland on January 18, 2014. He passed Bob Lanier (9698) for 35th place on the NBA's all-time rebounding list versus Houston on January 29, 2014. "The Matrix" recorded his 1700th steal at the 7:33 mark of the fourth quarter versus Miami on February 18, 2014. He became the 19th player in NBA history with at least 1700 career thefts. Marion recorded his 1200th career block on a Blake Griffin shot attempt at the 2:53 mark of the first quarter at the L.A. Clippers on April 3, 2014. He became the 52nd player in NBA history with at least 1200 blocks.
NOWITZKI'S 12TH ALL-STAR APPEARANCE - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki appeared in his 12th All-Star game in 2014. Nowitzki's 12 All-Star appearances are the most by any player in franchise history and tied for sixth in NBA history. The 7'0 forward had previously been named to 11 consecutive All-Star teams (2001-2012) before his steak came to an end in 2012-2013 after his missed the first 27 games of the season recovering from surgery on his right knee. Nowitzki appeared as a Western Conference reserve at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
CARTER ON THE ALL-TIME TRIPLES LIST - Mavericks swingman Vince Carter ranks seventh all-time in 3-pointers made with 1809. Detroit's Chauncey Billups ranks sixth with 1830. Carter passed Lakers guard Steve Nash for 10th place on the NBA's all-time 3-point field goals made list at Denver on November 23, 2013. His second trey (1683rd career) at the 3:47 mark of the third quarter at Denver on November 23, 2013 moved his past Nash and into 10th place on the all-time triples list. He finished 4-of-5 from deep at Denver. Carter made his 1700th career 3-pointer at the 9:29 mark of the second quarter at Houston on December 23, 2013. He became the 10th player in NBA history with at least 1700 triples. Carter finished 2-of-3 from deep against the Rockets. He went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc against New Orleans on January 10, 2014 and passed Dale Ellis (1719) for ninth place on the all-time 3-point field goals made list with his third trey of the game (1720th career) at the 4:48 mark of the second quarter. He sent 3-of-6 from deep at San Antonio on March 2, 2014 and passed Peja Stojakovic (1760) for eighth place on the NBA's all-time 3-point field goals made list with his second triple of the game (1761st career) at the 2:45 mark of the second quarter. Carter went 3-of-4 from deep against Minnesota on March 19, 2014 and passed Miami's Rashard Lewis for seventh place on the NBA's all-time 3-point field goals made list with his third trey of the game (1777th career) at the 8:10 mark of the fourth quarter. Carter hit his 1800th 3-pointer at the 3:36mark of the first quarter at Sacramento on April 6, 2014. He became the seventh player in NBA history with at least 1800 triples.
- NBA'S ALL-TIME 3PT. FIELD GOALS LIST
- 4 - Jason Terry - 1950
- 5 - Paul Pierce - 1935
- 6 - Chauncey Billups - 1830
- 7 - Vince Carter - 1809
- 8 - Rashard Lewis - 1787
- 9 - Peja Stojakovic - 1760
JOSE FOR TRES - Mavericks guard Jose Calderon made 191 triples in 2013-2014 (191-425, .449) which marked a career-high for 3-pointers made in a season. His previous high was 130 (130-282, .461) which he recorded in 2012-2013. Calderon ranked fourth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.449) this year. He had 15 games with at least four 3-pointers (10-5 record) and 38 games with at least three 3-pointers (25-13 record) in 2013-2014. Calderon had six games with four-plus treys all of last year (and 21 games with at least three 3-pointers in 2012-2013). He went 7-of-10 from beyond the arc versus Toronto (December 20,2013) and tied his career-high for 3-pointers made in a game (7 at Golden State on March 13, 2010). Calderon three games with six-plus 3-pointers in 2013-2014. He had three streaks of at least 17 straight games with a made 3-pointer this year (he had a streak of 17 consecutive games with at least one 3-point basket from November 2 - December 4, 2013, a career-best streak of 19 straight games with at least one 3-pointer made from December 9, 2013 - January 15, 2014 and a streak of 18 consecutive games with at least one 3-point basket from January 20 - February 28, 2014). Prior to the 2013-2014 season he hadn't had a streak longer than 16 straight games with a 3-point basket. Calderon shot a league high (career high) 46.1 percent (130-of-282) from 3-point range in 2012-2013.
CARTER FROM LONG DISTANCE - Mavericks swingman Vince Carter made a league-high 146 3-pointers off the bench in 2013-2014 (146-of-371, .394). He made a season-high seven treys at New York on February 24, 2014 (7-of-12, .583). It marked the sixth time in his career that Carter made at least seven 3-pointers in a game and the first since April 7, 2007 versus Washington (when he went 7-of-13 from deep as a member of the New Jersey Nets. Carter had 26 games with at least three 3-pointers (18-8 record) and nine games with at least four treys (6-3 record) in 2013.2014. He made a team-high 162 3-pointers in 2012-2013 (162-399, .406) which tied his career-high for 3-point field goals made in a season (he shot 162-397, .408, with Toronto in 2000-2001). Carter made at least one 3-pointer in a career-best 26 consecutive games from March 1, 2013 at Brooklyn to October 30,2013 versus Atlanta. He made a league-high tying 158 triples off the bench last season (Oklahoma City's Kevin Martin also made 158 off the pine in 2012-2013).
DIRK'S GAME WINNER - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer to give Dallas a 110-108 victory at New York on February 24, 2014. It was the first buzzer-beater by a visiting player at Madison Square Garden since November 22, 2009 when Kevin Garnett hit one with Boston. It was the first time that Nowitzki had hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer since doing it in over time at Milwaukee on November 16, 2009. It marked the 13th 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, 2013 versus Chicago). Nowitzki's other game-winners include versus Chicago March 30, 2013, at Orlando March 30, 2012, at Boston January 11, 2012, at New Jersey January 22, 2011, versus Charlotte December 12, 2009 (OT), at Milwaukee November 16, 2009 (OT), at Indiana March 20, 2009, at Philadelphia January 19, 2009, versus Utah April 10, 2008, versus Phoenix December 28, 2006, at the L.A. Clippers April 10, 2006 and versus Toronto February 25, 2006 (OT).
MONTA'S GAME WINNER - Mavericks guard Monta Ellis drained a game-winning 21-foot jumper at the buzzer to give Dallas 108-106 victory over Portland on December 7, 2013. It marked the fifth time in his career that Ellis made a game-winning basket with 1.0 second or less remaining (also: January 24, 2007 Golden State versus New Jersey; January 19, 2011 Golden State versus Indiana; February 22, 2012 Golden State at Phoenix; February 27, 2013 Milwaukee at Houston). Ellis finished with 20 points in 39 minutes at Portland on December 7, 2013.
DIRK ON THE ALL TIME FREE THROWS LIST - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has shot 6501-of-7400 (.879) from the line for his career and ranks 11th all-time in free throws made. Brooklyn's Paul Pierce ranks 10th all-time in career made free throws with 6690. Nowitzki went 7-of-8 from the line against Memphis on November 2, 2013 and passed Bob Petit (6182) for 14th place on the NBA's all-time free throws made list with his sixth made free throw (6183rd career) at the 61.7 second mark of the fourth quarter (it was the first of two attempts). He passed Reggie Miller (6237) for the 13th place on the NBA's all-time free throws made list with his first made free throw (6238th career) at the 9:10 mark of the second quarter against Denver on November 25, 2013 (on the first of two attempts). Nowitzki went a perfect 11-of-11 from the line against the Rockets on January 29, 2014. With his first free throw of the game (6350th career) at the 5:07 mark of the first quarter versus Houston on January 29, 2014, he passed Charles Barkley (6349) for 12th place on the NBA's all-time free throws made list. He passed Allen Iverson (6375) for 11th place on the NBA's all-time free throws made list at Memphis (February 5, 2014) with his third made free throw (6376th career) at the 1:33 mark of the second quarter (on the second of two attempts). Nowitzki shot 89.9 percent (338-of-376) from the line in 2013-2014, which ranked second in the NBA (New Orleans' Brian Roberts shot a league-high .940, 125-of-133). It marked the third time in his career that Nowitzki finished second in the league in free throw percentage (also: 2006-2007 and 2009-2010. Nowitzki's longest streak of consecutive made free throws this year was 35 (at Miami, November 15, 2013 - vs. Denver November 25, 2013). Nowitzki went a perfect 11-of-11 in two consecutive games (vs. Houston January 29, 2014 - vs. Sacramento February 2, 2014). He has gone 11-of-11 or better 35 times in his career. The only other active player with more such games is Kobe Bryant (45). Last season, Nowitzki became the 18th player in NBA history with 6000-plus career made free throws. He also became one of only four 7-footers to achieve the milestone (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and David Robinson are the others).
- NBA'S ALL-TIME FREE THROWS MADE LIST
- 8 DOLPH SCHAYES 6712
- 8 KAREEM ABDUL-JABAR 6712
- 10 PAUL PIERCE 6690
- 11 DIRK NOWITZKI 6501
- 12 ALLEN IVERSON 6375
- 12 CHARLES BARKLEY 6349
ELLIS SOLID ALL-AROUND - Mavericks guard Monta Ellis averaged 19.0 points per game in 2013-2014 (ranked second on the team to Dirk Nowitzki's 21.7 ppg). It was his seventh consecutive season averaging at least 19.0 points per game. But Ellis was much more than a scorer for the Mavericks this year. Ellis led the team in assists (5.7), steals (1.7) and minutes (36.9). He shot an efficient 45.1 percent from the field. The Mavericks were 22-8 this year when Ellis handed out seven-plus assists in a game.
NOWITZKI NAMES PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from March 31 - April 6, 2014. He garnered the honor for the 17th time in his career and the first since December 6 - December 12, 2010. Nowitzki led Dallas to a 3-1 week with wins over the L.A. Clippers, the L.A. Lakers and Sacramento. He averaged 25.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 35.5 minutes per game during that stretch while shooting 55.7 percent (39-0f-70) from the field and 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from 3-point range. Nowitzki scored 25-plus points in three of Dallas' four games during the week. He tallied 26 points (10-of-18 FGs, 4-7 3FGs, 2-2 Fts), 11 rebounds and two steals in Dallas' 113-107 win over the L.A. Clippers on April 3, 2014.
ELLIS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Mavericks guard Monta Ellis was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from April 7 - April 14, 2014. He achieved the honor for the fourth time in his career and the first since December 24 - December 30, 2012 (when he was with the Milwaukee Bucks). Ellis led the Mavericks to a 2-1 week with wins over Utah and Phoenix. He averaged 25.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 40.0 minutes per game during that stretch while shooting 51.6 percent (32-of-62) from the field and 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range. Ellis helped Dallas clinch a playoff berth by pouring in a season-high-tying 37 points in the Mavericks' 101-98 victory over the Suns on April 12, 2014. Dirk Nowitzki won the Western Conference Player of the Week honors the previous week (March 31 - April 6, 2014), making it the first time in franchise history that two Dallas teammates garnered the honor in back-to-back weeks.
ELLIS AND NOWITZKI COMBINE FOR 72 IN WIN OVER HOUSTON - Monta Ellis (37) and [[Dirk Nowitzki (35) combined for 72 points in the Mavericks 123-120 come-from-behind win over Houston on November 20, 2013. It marked the first time since April 11, 1995 versus Houston that the Mavericks had two players score 35-plus points in a game (when Jamal Mashburn scored 42 and Jason Kidd scored 38 in a 156-147 double overtime win against the Rockets). It was also the first time since February 24, 2010 versus the L.A. Lakers that the Mavericks had two 30-point scorers in a game (Dirk Nowitzki had 31 and Jason Terry scored 30 in a 101-96 win over the Lakers). Ellis racked up a game high 37 points (13-18 FGs, 2-4 3FGs, 9-12 FTs) to go along with a team-high eight assists and two steals in 40 minutes against Houston while Nowitzki netted 35 points (13-20 FGs, 2-5 3FGs, 7-7 FTs) including 14 on 6-of-7 shooting in the fourth quarter to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes. Nowitzki (14) and Ellis (8) combined for 22 points in the fourth quarter en route to the win (Dallas outscored Houston 36-19 in the fourth quarter).
MR. EFFICIENT - Mavericks big man Brandan Wright shot a career-high (team high) 67.7 percent (224-of-331) from the field in 2013-2014. Wright had a perfect shooting night in Dallas' 107-95 win at the L.A. Lakers on April 4, 2014. He went 10-of-10 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line en route to totaling 23 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes off the bench. He became the first Maverick in franchise history to go a perfect 10-of-10 or better from the field in a game. Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (12-of-12, at Brooklyn January 31, 2014) was the only other player to make at least 10 field goals without a miss this season. Wright's 23-point outing at the L.A. Lakers was tied for his highest scoring game as a Maverick (23 vs. Boston on March 22, 2013). It was also just two points shy of his career-high (25 vs. Philadelphia on March 20, 2009). Wright, who missed the first 23 games of the 2013-2014 campaign due to a fractured left shoulder, made his season debut against Milwaukee on December 14, 2013 and tallied a game-high 19 points (9-10 FGs, 1-3 FTs) to go along with six rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. Wright went 9-of-10 (.900) from the field against the Bucks. At the time, he became just the third Maverick to shoot that high of a percentage as a reserve (minimum 10 field goal attempts). Derek Harper went 9-of-10 (.900) from the field off the bench on January 24, 1985 and Jason Terry shot 10-of-11 (.909) from the floor as a substitute at Houston on November 25, 2009. Wright later topped that performance with his 10-of-10 night against the Lakers. "B-Wright" had another impressive performance in a losing effort at Phoenix on December 21, 2013. He went 8-of-10 from the field and scored 19 points to go along with six rebounds and a game-high four blocks in 29 minutes off the pine. Wright averaged 23.4 points per 48 minutes in 2013-2014.
FEASTING ON THE EAST - The Mavericks went 20-10 against the East in 2013-2014. The Mavericks swept the 2013-2014 season series with the Pacers, 2-0 (Indiana finished with the best record in the Easter Conference this year). Dallas was 17-13 against Eastern Conference opponents in 2012-2013.
STEALING THE SHOW - The Mavericks averaged 8.59 steals per game in 2013-2014, which ranked fifth in the NBA. The Mavericks finished the season ranked in the top 5 in steals per game for just the third time in franchise history (ranked fourth in 2004-2005 with 8.63 spg and fourth in 2011-2012 with 8.56 spg). The Mavericks recorded a season-high 17 steals in a 110-97 win over the L.A. Lakers on January 7, 2014. It was the most steals Dallas recorded in a game since February 26, 2005 versus Phoenix (18). It also marked the most steals by the Mavericks in a win since February 10, 1994 versus Washington (19). The Mavericks had 15 steals versus New Orleans on February 26, 2014. It marked the first time since 2004-2005 that Dallas had two games with 15-plus steals in the same season (18 versus Phoenix on February 26, 2005 and at the L.A. Lakers on April 17, 2005). The Mavericks recorded 14 games with 12-plus steals, 31 games with 10-plus steals and 44 games with at least nine thefts in 2013-2014. Dallas averaged 7.90 steals per game in 2012-2013, which ranked 16th in the NBA.
NOWITZKI DROPS 40 POINTS IN 33 MINUTES Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki tallied a season-high (game-high) 40 points (10-20 FGs, 5-9 3FGs, 15-16 FTs), including 27 in the second half (20 in the third quarter) to go along with four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 33 minutes in Dallas' 110-107 win over New Orleans on January 11, 2014. It was the 19th career regular season game with 40-plus points (Dallas is 15-4 all-time in such games). It marked his first game with 40+ points since April 16, 2012 at Utah (40 points in 3OT). It was his first game with 40+ points in a regulation-length game since March 3, 2012 versus Utah (40 points). Nowitzki, who turned 35 last June, became the oldest player in NBA history to score 40-plus points in a victory in which he played less than 35 minutes. Nowitzki was 70 days older than Clyde Drexler was when "The Glide" scored 43 points in 34 minutes for the Rockets in a win at the L.A. Clippers on November 5, 1997. What's more, Nowitzki's 40-point effort came in Dallas' fourth game in five nights. Nowitzki shot 8-of-12 from the field (4-of-4 from deep) and 7-of-7 from the line in the second half against New Orleans. He went 7-of-9 from the field (4-of-4 from 3-point range) in the third quarter alone and scored 20 points in the period. It marked the fourth time in his career that he scored at lest 20 points in a quarter (also: 29 in the fourth quarter vs. Utah on November 3, 2009; 22 in the third quarter at Sacramento on April 10, 2010; and 21 in the fourth quarter vs. Houston on April 18, 2012).
CASHING IN AT THE LINE - The Mavericks attempted 45-plus free throws in two games this year (both wins): against Memphis (November 2, 2013) and versus New Orleans (January 11, 2014). It marked the first time since 1994-1995 that Dallas had two games with 45-plus free throw attempts in the same season (33-48, .688 vs. New Jersey on November 5, 1994 and 31-45, .689 at Houston on April 11, 1995). Dallas went 40-of-46 (.870) from the line against Memphis (November 2, 2013), including 21-of-25 (.840) from the stipe in the fourth quarter alone. It was the most free the most free throws made and attempted by Dallas in a game since February 8, 2010 at Golden State (41-46, .891). It also marked the first time since January 15, 2005 versus New Jersey that the Mavericks made at least 20 free throws in a single quarter (21-24, .875 in fourth quarter). The Mavericks has another big night at the line against the Pelicans on January 11, 2014. They went 39-of-45 (.867) from the stripe, including 20-of-24 (.833) from the line in the first half alone. It marked the most free throws made and attempted by Dallas in the first half of a game since January 25, 2011 versus the Los Angeles Clippers (22-24, .917). Dirk Nowitzki (15-of-16, .938) and Monta Ellis (12-15, .800) both attempted 15-plus free throws against New Orleans on January 11, 2014). It marked only the second time in franchise history that Dallas had two players attempt 15-plus foul shots in the same game. The other was January 27, 1986 against Chicago (when Rolando Blackman shot 15-of-17, .882 and Mark Aguirre went 10-16, .625).
MAVS TIE FRANCHISE LOW WITH FOUR TURNOVERS AGAINST KINGS - The Mavericks tied a franchise low with four turnovers against Sacramento on January 31, 2014 (also had four turnovers against Utah on February 1, 1985, vs. Sacramento on November 26, 1986, vs. Houston on November 12, 1991, vs. Detroit on November 9, 2002 and vs. New Jersey on January 20, 2004). It marked the first time since January 20, 2004 versus New Jersey that Dallas recorded only four turnovers in a game.
MAVS SET FRANCHISE RECORD FOR FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN A QUARTER - The Mavericks shot 94.1 percent (16-of-17) from the field in the first quarter at Utah on April 8, 2014 (Dallas outscored Utah 39-25 in the period). It set a franchise record for the highest field goal percentage in a period (previous high: .900, 18-of-20, in third quarter, at San Antonio on January 16, 1991). It marked the best shooting quarter by any team since Indiana shot 95.2 percent (20-of-21) from the floor in the third period versus Denver on November 9, 2010.
BACK-TO-BACKS - The Mavericks went 9-7 in the first half of back-to-backs and 10-6 in the second half of back-to-backs this season. Dallas played seven back-to-backs through December 4, 2013. The Mavericks swept five back-to-back sets this year. Dallas did not sweep a single back-to-back set in 2012-2013. The Mavericks had 16 back-to-backs this season, 12 of which came prior to the All-Star break. In total, six back-to-backs were on the road, five began at home and concluded on the road and five were road-to-home. Dallas went a perfect 6-0 on the second night of road-to-road, back-to-backs this year. The Mavericks also played 16 back-to-backs in 2012-2013, going 3-13 in the first half and 7-9 in the second half of those back-to-back sets.
ELLIS EXCELS IN DEBUT - Monta Ellis poured in a game-high 32 points (11-17 FGs, 2-3 3FGs, 8-8 FTs) to go along with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals in his Mavericks debut against the Hawks on October 30, 2013. His 32-point effort was the highest scoring debut by a Maverick ever (previous best: Jamal Mashburn's 22 versus Utah on November 5, 1993). Ellis became just the fourth player in the last 20 years to total at least 30 points and eight assists in his first game with a team. The others to do it: Glenn Robinson (for the Hawks in 2002), Sam Cassell (Clippers in 2005) and James Harden (Rockets in 2012). He also became the first Mavericks guard to record at least 32 points and eight assists in a game since Jason Terry did it in February 2010 (36 points and nine assists at Golden State on February 8, 2010). Prior to Ellis, no Maverick had scored 30-plus points on opening night since Dirk Nowitzki in the 2009-2010 season opener (34 versus Washington on October 27, 2009).
DIRK ON THE ALL-TIME TRIPLES LIST: - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki ranks 23rd all-time in 3-pointers made with 1,471. Atlanta's Kyle Korver ranks 22nd with 1,508. Nowitzki shot 39.8 percent (131-of-329) from 3-point range in 2013-2014 and has shot 38.3 percent from beyond the arc for his career. Nowitzki passed Dan Majerle on the all-time triples list versus Philadelphia on November 18,2013 with a trey (his 1361st career) at the 6:27 mark of the first quarter. He went 4-for-5 from deep against the L.A. Clippers on January 3, 2014 and passed Antoine Walker (1386) for 25th place on the all-time 3-point field goals made list with his second try of the game (1387th career) at the 10:16 mark of the second quarter. The big German went 5-of-9 from long distance against New Orleans on January 11, 2014, and passed Brent Barry (1395) for 24th place on the NBA's all-time 3-point field goals made list with his second trey of the game (1396th career) at the 10:25 mark of the third quarter. Nowitzki became the 24th player in NBA history with at least 1400 career 3-pointers versus Orlando on January 13, 2014, with a triple at the 40.9-second mark of the third quarter. He went 6-of-8 from beyond the arc versus Golden State on April 1, 2014 and passed former Maverick Michael Finley (1454) for 23rd place on the NBA's all-time 3-point field goals made list with his fifth 3-pointer of the game (1455th career) at the 8:38 mark of the third quarter. Nowitzki has more 3-pointers than any other seven-footer in NBA history.
MARION ON THE ALL-TIME STEALS LIST: - Mavericks forward Shawn Marion ranks 17th all-time in career steals with 1732. Brooklyn's Kevin Garnett ranks 16th with 1785. Marion passed Charles Barkley (1848) for 21st place on the NBA's all-time steals list with his second theft (1649th career) at the 7:38 mark of the third quarter at Oklahoma City on November 6, 2013. He moved past Fat Lever (1666) and into 20th place on the all-time steals list with a theft (his 1667th) at the 10:19 mark of the third quarter versus Minnesota on November 30, 2013. Marion passed Metta World Peace and took sole possession of 19th place on the all-time steals list with his 1869th career steal at the 2:10 mark of the second quarter at Cleveland on January 20, 2014. "The Matrix" recorded his 1700th steal at the 7:33 mark of the fourth quarter versus Miami on February 18, 2014. He became the 19th player in NBA history with at least 1700 thefts. Marion passed Ron Harper (1716) for 18th place on the NBA's all-time steals list with his second theft (1717th career) at the 2:27 mark of the fourth quarter versus Minnesota on March 19, 2014. He passed Magic Johnson (1724) and took sole possession of 17th place on the all-time steals list with a theft (his 1725th career) at the 3:02 mark of the first quarter at the L.A. Lakers on April 4, 2014.
MAVS WITH TWO FOUR-POINT PLAYS IN SAME GAME - Mavericks forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Jae Crowder each recorded a four-point play in the second quarter of the game at Chicago on December 28, 2013. Nowitzki recorded his at the 10;49 mark of the second quarter and Crowder followed with one at the 8:30 mark of the period. It marked only the second time in franchise history that the Mavericks recorded two four-point plays in the same game (Mark Aguirre had both for Dallas in a game at Denver on November 25, 1981).
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