SEASON NOTEBOOK - Won 50, lost 32 (fourth, Southwest)...The Mavericks finished 2014-2015 season with a 50-win season (50-32) for the 14th time in franchise history and 12th time in the last 15 years...Dallas earned the seventh seed in the Western Conference Playoffs where they fell in the opening round to the second-seeded Houston Rockets...Dirk Nowitzki continued his climb up the NBA's all-time scoring list when he moved from 10th place to seventh place in career scoring with 28, 119 points after passing Hakeem Olajuwon, Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone over the course of the season...Nowitzki became the top foreign-born scorer of all time (Olajuwon, Nigeria) on November 11 and went on to play in his 13th All-Star game where he finished with five points, five rebounds and two steals in 12 minutes at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game in New York. Rick Carlisle recorded his 600th career win at Miami on January 30 and became just the 24th coach in NBA history to reach 600 wins.
DIRK MOVES INTO SEVENTH PLACE ON THE NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki moved into seventh place on the NBA's all-time scoring list in 2014-2015 (he finished the season with 28,119 points). Nowitzki passed Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) for ninth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a 19-foot jumper over Carl Landry at the 8:56 mark of the fourth quarter against Sacramento on November 11, 2014. The basket gave him 17 points for the game and 26,947 for his career. Nowitzki became the top foreign-born scorer of all-time (Olajuwon, born in Nigeria, was the only player outside of the United States with more career points than the seven-footer from Germany). Olajuwon had held that record since December 6, 2001. Nowitzki became the ninth player in league history to reach 27,000 career points with an 18-foot jumper from the right elbow at the 6:07 mark of the third quarter at Charlotte on November 17, 2014. He also became one of four players in NBA history to score 27,000 points with one franchise joining Karl Malone (Jazz), Kobe Bryant (Lakers) and Michael Jordan (Bulls). Nowitzki passed Elvin Hayes (27,313) for eighth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a 20-foot jumper at the 11:43 mark of the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 26, 2014 (the basket gave him six points for the game and 27,314 for his career). He passed Moses Malone (27,409) for seventh place on the all-time scoring list with a dagger 3-pointer at the 34.8-second mark of overtime at Brooklyn on January 5, 2015 (the basket gave him 15 points for the game and 27,412 for his career). Nowitzki became the seventh player in NBA history to reach 28,000 points with a 3-pointer at the 7:57 mark of the third quarter at Oklahoma City on April 1, 2015 (the triple gave him 14 points for the game and exactly 28,000 for his career).
20,000 MANIAACS - Since December 15, 2001, Dallas has sold out 555 regular-season home games, which is an NBA-best-sellout streak. Dallas has also sold out an additional 63 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 421-145 (.744) at home during the regular season. The Mavericks' 140-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on November 21,2014 was their 400th win at the AAC. Dallas has sold out all of its games in each of the past 12 seasons.
CARLISLE ON MAVERICKS ALL-TIME WIN LIST - Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle holds an all-time record of 338-220 (.606) with Dallas and moved into second place on the Mavericks' all-time wins list in 2014-2015. Don Nelson (339) is the only coach to record more wins with Dallas. Carlisle finished one win shy of tying Nelson for first place on the Mavericks all-time wins list in 2014-2015. He moved past Dick Motta (329) and took sole possession of second place on the Mavericks all-time wins list with a 129-99 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on March 13, 2015. Carlisle registered his 300th win with the Mavericks at Toronto on November 28, 2014 (Dallas defeated Toronto 106-102). He became the third coach in Mavericks history to record 300 victories with the franchise joining Nelson (339-251, .575) and Motta (329-409, .446). Carlisle, who was hired by Dallas in May of 2008, is the third longest tenured head coach in the league behind San Antonio's Gregg Popovich (hired in December 1996) and Miami's Erick Spoelstra (April 2008). Carlisle coached in his 500th game with Dallas against New Orleans on December 10, 2014.
CARLISLE RECORDS 600TH WIN - Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle recorded his 600th career win at Miami on January 30, 2015 (Dallas defeated Miami, 93-72). He became the 24tyh coach in NBA history to reach 600 career wins. Carlisle recorded his 600th win in his 1016th career game (he improved to 600-416, .591, through 1016 games). Carlisle coached in his 1000th career game vs. Oklahoma City (December 28, 2014), becoming the 27th coach in NBA history to reach 1000 games.
NOWITZKI'S 13TH ALL-STAR APPEARANCE - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki played in his 13th career All-Star Game in 2015. It was his 13th All-Star appearance in the last 14 years. Nowitzki had a run of 11 consecutive All-Star selections before that streak came to an end in 2013 after he missed the first 27 games of the season recovering from surgery to his right knee. The big German appeared as a Western Conference reserve at the 2015 All-Star Game in New York and had five points, five boards and two steals in 12 minutes.
10,000 REBOUNDS FOR DIRK - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki pulled down his 10,000th rebound at the 8:37 mark of the fourth quarter against San Antonio on march 24, 2015. he became the 37th player in NBA history with at least 10,000 boards. He also became one of seven players in league history with at least 27,000 points and 10,000 rebounds (joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal, Moses Malone and Elvin Hayes). What's more, Nowitzki became the first player in NBA history with at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 1000 blocks, 1000 steals and 1000 3-pointers. Nowitaki finished with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Spurs.
MAVS SET FRANCHISE RECORD FOR MARGIN OF VICTORY IN WIN OVER 76ERS - The Mavericks set a new franchise record for largest margin of victory (53) in a 123-70 win over the Sixers at home on November 13, 2014. The previous record was 50, set at New York on January 24, 2010 (when the Mavericks defeated the Knicks 127-78 at Madison Square Garden). The 53-point win over Philadelphia was the largest margin of victory by one opponent over another since the Lakers beat the Cavaliers by 55 (112-57) at the STAPLES Center on January 11, 2011. Dallas never trailed at any point (there were no ties) and held a 28-point advantage (38-10) after one quarter. It marked a franchise record for the largest lead after one quarter of play. The previous high first-quarter margin was 24 (Dallas led 44-20 after one quarter vs. Cleveland on November 15, 1986 and went on to win 111-96; Dallas also led 40-16 vs. Detroit on November 19, 2005 and went on to win 119-82). The Mavericks built a bit lead early, and it would only grow from there. Dallas outshot Philadelphia 58.5 percent (24-of-41) to 25.7 percent (9-of-35) from the floor in the first half and led by 44 (73-29) at the break. The 44-point halftime lead marked a franchise record. The Mavericks' previous high halftime margin was 39 (Dallas led 75-36 at the half at New York on December 21, 2004 and went on to win 123-94). What's more, the 44-point advantage at the half was tied for the second-largest lead by any team after 24 minutes in NBA history (the Warriors led the Kings by 47 points, 88-41, on November 2, 1991, and the SuperSonics led the Celtics by 44 points, 75-31, in the first game of a doubleheader at the Spectrum in Philadelphia on November 23, 1967). The Mavericks were up by 42 going into the fourth quarter. It tied the franchise's largest margin after three quarters of play (Dallas led 95-53 after three quarters vs. Detroit on November 9, 2002 and went on to win 114-75). The Mavericks led by as many as 58 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to a 123-70 win. The Mavericks outshot the Sixers 51.3 percent (41-of-80) to 29.9 percent (23-of-77) from the field on the night. Dallas also outshot Philadelphia 83.3 percent (30-of-36) to 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from the line. The Mavericks recorded 33 assists on 41 made field goals (compared to the Sixers' nine assists on 23 made baskets).
MAVS TIE FRANCHISE RECORD FOR 3-POINTERS MADE IN A GAME - TWICE IN 2014-2015 - The Mavericks went 18-of-35 (.514) from beyond the arc against the L.A. Clippers on November 21, 2014 and 18-of-40 (.450) from deep at Memphis on December 9, 2014, twice tying the franchise record for the most 3-pointers made in a regular season game. The Mavericks hit 18 3-pointers in a game twice this year after they did so just three times in the team's previous 34 seasons (Dallas went 18-of-37 from 3-point range at Denver on February 29, 1996, 18-of-49 vs. New Jersey on march 5, 1996 and 18-of-40 at Atlanta on January 15, 2002). The 35 3-point attempts against the Lakers (November 21, 2014) were the fewest needed to tie the franchise mark. The Mavericks connected on 51.4 percent of their 35 3-point attempts against Los Angeles, the highest 3-point percentage Dallas has ever posted while attempting at least 30 triples in a regular season game (the previous best .486, 18-of-37 set at Denver on February 29, 1996). Jose Barea went a perfect 5-for-5 from deep against eh Lakers. Monta Ellis (3), Chandler Parsons (2), Dirk Nowitzki (2), Jameer Nelson (2), Jae Crowder (2), Al-Farouq Aminu (1) and Richard Jefferson (1) combined for the other 13 treys against the Lakers. In the game at Memphis on December 9, 2014, Parsons (6) and Nelson(4) combined for ten of Dallas' 18 triples. Barea (3), Crowder (3), Devin Harris (1) and Charlie Villanueva (1) accounted for the other eight.
DIRK RECORDS 800TH 20-POINT GAME - With a 23-point effort against Golden State on December 13, 2014, Dirk Nowitzki recorded his 800th career 20-point game. He became one of just six players in NBA history with at least 800 career 20-point games (joining Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal).
EIGHT IN DOUBLE FIGURES - FOUR TIMES IN THE SAME SEASON - The Mavericks had eight players score in double figures four times this year: November 15, 2014 versus Minnesota, November 21, 2014 versus the L.A. Lakers, January 14, 2015 at Denver and February 20, 2015 versus Houston. It marked the first time in franchise history that Dallas had at least eight players score in double digits four times in the same season. In fact, the only other time Dallas had at least eight players score in double figures twice in the same year was in 1985-1986 and 1992-1993. Monta Ellis (30), Dirk Nowitzki (15), Jose Barea (14), Brandan Wright (13), Chandler Parsons (12), Tyson Chandler (12), Al-Farouq Aminu (10) and Richard Jefferson (10) all scored in double figures in Dallas' 131-117 win over Minnesota on November 15, 2014. In he Mavericks' 140-106 blowout win over the Lakers on November 21, 2014, Nowitzki (23), Parsons (21), Ellis (20), Barea (16), Aminu (13), Wright (12), Jameer Nelson (10) and Jae Crowder (10) each recorded 10-plus points. Despite resting Rajon Rondo, Chandler and Nowitzki at Denver on January 14, 2015, the Mavericks still finished with eight players in double figures (including all five reserves that played): Barea (17), Jefferson (16), Parsons (13), Devin Harris (13), Charlie Villanueva (11), Dwight Powell (11), Raymond Felton (10) and Aminu (10). On February 20, 2015 against Houston, Aminu (17), Harris (17), Parsons (13), Rondo (13), Villanueva (13), Nowitzki (12), Ellis (12) and chandler (10) each scored in double figures. Prior to the 2014-2015 season, the last time the Mavericks had eight players score in double digits was February 16, 2011 versus Sacramento. They did it four times this year. The franchise record for most players in double figures is nine (November 6, 1986 at Seattle and April 23, 1987 vs. Seattle).
BIG POINTS IN THE PAINT TOTALS - The Mavericks outscored the Timberwolves 76-38 in the paint in a 131-117 win at the American Airlines Center on November 15, 2014. The 76 points in the paint tied a franchise record (also had 76 vs. the L.A. Clippers April 4, 2002). Later in the year, the Mavericks outscored the Thunder 72-46 in the paint in a 135-131 win at Oklahoma City on April 1, 2015. The Mavericks produced two games with 70-plus points in the paint in 2014-2015, after they had just one such game since the NBA began tracking the statistic in 2000-2001 (76 vs. the L.A. Clippers on April 4, 2002).
CRAZY COMEBACK - The Mavericks pulled off an improbable comeback against the Blazers on February 7, 2015. Dallas trailed by 11 (94-83) with under two minutes to go in regulation but closed the fourth quarter on a 13-2 run (capped off by a Dirk Nowitzki 3-pointer with 20.9 seconds left) to tie the game at 96 and force overtime. Dallas then began the overtime period on a 9-0 run to go up 105-96 with 2:20 left. The run (that spanned from the 1:55 mark of the fourth quarter through the 2:20 mark of overtime) was a 22-2 blitz. The Mavericks closed the game (fourth quarter and overtime) on a 28-7 run en route to a 111-101 win. Chandler Parsons scored 10 of Dallas' 15 points in overtime. The last time that they Mavericks win by overcoming a double-digit deficit in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter came on January 18, 2001, when they erased a 93-82 Orlando lead to win in overtime, 115-106.
FOUR MAVS WITH 2-PLUS POINTS - TWICE IN THE SAME SEASON - The Mavericks had four players score 20-or-more points in two games this season: December 2, 2014 at Chicago and December 10, 2014 versus New Orleans. Monta Ellis 38, Chandler Parsons 24, Dirk Nowitzki 22 and Devin Harris 20 each scored 20-plus points for the Mavericks in their 132-129 double-overtime win at Chicago on December 2, 2014. It marked the first time since January 25, 2011 versus the L.A. Clippers that Dallas had four players score 20-plus points in the same game. Just five games later (vs. New Orleans on December 10, 2014), the Mavericks accomplished the feat again (and with the same four players). Ellis 26, Parsons 20, Nowitzki 20 and Harris 20 each scored 20-plus points for Dallas in a 112-107 win over the Pelicans. It marked the first time since 2007-2008 that Dallas had four players score 20-or-more points twice in the same season. That year, Dallas accomplished the feat on November 8, 2007 at Golden State and February 29, 2008 versus Sacramento. Ellis (11-of-19), Parsons (8-of-13), Harris (8-of-13) and Nowitzki (8-of-16) each made at least half their field goal attempts in Dallas' win over New Orleans on December 10, 2014. It was the first time since March 24, 1986 at Indiana that the Mavericks had four players score 20-plus points and make half their field goal attempts in a regulation game (when Mark Aguirre, Rolando Blackman, Jay Vincent and Brad Davis each did it).
CHANDLER HAULS IN 25 REBOUNDS IN WIN OVER KNICKS - Mavericks center Tyson Chandler pulled down 25 rebounds (10 OR) to go along with 17 points and two blocks in 43 minutes in Dallas' 109-102 overtime-win over the Knicks on November 26, 2014. The 25 boards were tied for the fifth-most in franchise history (Roy Tarpley had 25 vs. Milwaukee on April 1, 1990) and the most by any Dallas player since Erick Dampier had 26 versus Philadelphia on January 29, 2005 (Popeye Jones holds the Dallas franchise record with 28 boards vs. Indiana on January 9, 1996). It also marked the second-highest rebounding game of Chandler's career (he had a career-high 28 rebounds vs. Golden State on February 27, 2013). Chandler, who played the previous three seasons with the Knicks (2011-2014), grabbed 25 boards in his first game against New York since being traded to Dallas in June. Only two players have totaled as many rebounds in their first game against a former team. Charles Barkley recorded 33 rebounds for the Rockets at Phoenix on November 2, 1996 and Wilt Chamberlain had 29 boards for the 76ers against the San Francisco Warriors on January 21, 1965.
TOO MUCH MONTA - Monta Ellis scored a Maverick career-high 38 points three times this year: at Chicago (December 2, 2014), against San Antonio (December 20, 2014) and against San Antonio (March 24, 2015). In all three games, Ellis willed Dallas to victory. Ellis' 38-point effort at Chicago (December 2, 2014) helped Dallas pull out a 132-129 double-overtime win. He went 16-of-35 (.457) from the floor on the night. Ellis logged 45 minutes against the Bulls, scored 28 of his 38 points after intermission. He forced overtime by hitting three clutch free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining that knotted the game at 108. Ellis also scored seven of Dallas' 11 points in double -overtime, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 39.9 seconds left (that put the Mavericks up 130-129 and proved to be the game winner). Ellis (7) nearly singlehandedly outscored the entire Bulls team (8) in the second overtime period. On December 20, 2014 versus San Antonio, Ellis delivered another impressive performance, carrying the Mavericks to a 99-93 win over the Spurs. He scored 13 of his game-high 38 points (15-23 FGs, 5-6 3FGs, 3-6 FTs) in the fourth quarter, including 11 of Dallas' final 13 points. All 13 of his fourth-quarter points came in the game's final 5:38 (including 11 in the final 3:32). Ellis had a stretch where he scored nine consecutive points in the fourth quarter against San Antonio. Most recently, Ellis dropped 38 points (16-27 FGs, 2-6 3FGs, 4-4 FTs) in Dallas' 101-94 come-from-behind win over the Spurs on March 24, 2015. Ellis scored 23 of his game-high 38 points in the second half, including 10 in the fourth quarter.
MONTA'S GAME-WINNER - Maverick guard Monta Ellis hit an 18-foot game-winning fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to give the Mavericks a 107-105 win over Milwaukee on December 3, 2014. It marked the sixth time in his career that Ellis made a game-winning basket in the final five seconds of a game. It was also his fourth career buzzer-beater (and his second with the Mavericks). Ellis' buzzer-beater came just one night after he led Dallas to a 132-129 double-overtime win at Chicago on December 2, 2014 (he scored a game-high 38 points against the Bulls). He finished with 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter (eight in the final 1:34), to go along with a game-high seven assists and three steals in 36 minutes at Milwaukee on December 3, 2014. Ellis made his first game-winning shot in the final five seconds of a contest since December 7, 2013 at Portland (when he hit a 21-foot jumper at the buzzer to give the Mavericks a 108-106 victory over the Blazers). Ellis' other game-winning baskets in the final five seconds include: January 24, 2007 versus New Jersey (with the Warriors), January 19, 2011 versus Indiana (Warriors), February 22, 2012 at Phoenix (Warriors) and February 27, 2013 at Houston (Bucks).
CHANDLER WITH SECOND-BEST FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN NBA HISTORY - Mavericks center Tyson Chandler had another very efficient season in 2014-2015, shooting 66.6 percent (293-440) from the field on the year. he has now shot 59.1 percent (3026-5118) from the floor for his career, which remains the second-highest field goal percentage in NBA history (minimum 2000 field goal attempts). As of the end of the season he trailed only Artis Gilmore (.599) on the all-time list.
TYSON DOMINATES THE PAINT - Tyson Chandler was a beast in the middle for Dallas this season. Chandler ranked second in the NBA with 179 dunks this year. he also ranked third in offensive rebounds per game (3.9) and fifth in rebounds per game (11.5). Chandler shot 66.6 percent (293-440) from the field this season. Not only was Chandler efficient on the offensive end for Dallas this year but he protected the paint as well (he averaged 1.2 bpg).
CHANDLER BECOMES THE NBA'S ALL-TIME LEADER IN 5-FOR-5 OR BETTER GAMES: - Mavericks center Tyson Chandler went a perfect 6-for6 from the field and recorded 12 points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes versus Charlotte on February 22, 2015. It marked the 21st time in his career (third time this season) that chandler went at least 5-for-5 from the floor in a regular-season game, passing Wilt Chamberlain (20 such games) for the highest total in NBA history. Chandler also went 5-for-5 from the field versus Utah on October 30, 2014 and 7-for-7 from the floor at Charlotte on November 17, 2014.
SCORING THE ROCK - The Mavericks averaged 105.2 points per game in 2014-2015, which ranked third in the NBA. They shot 46.3 percent from the floor this year which ranked fifth in the league. The Mavericks finished the season ranked as high as third in the league in scoring for the first time since the 2004-2005 campaign (third). The Mavericks were 35-7 this season when they scored at least 105 points in a game.
CAPITALIZING OFF TURNOVERS - The Mavericks averaged 19.3 points off turnovers this season, which ranked second in the NBA. Dallas scored a season-high 39 points off of Philadelphia's 28 turnovers on November 13, 2014.
RONDO STARS IN RETURN TO BOSTON - Rajon Rondo was impressive in his return to Boston on January 2, 2015. Rondo tallied a season-high (game-high) 29 points (12-19 FGs, 5-7 3FGs) to go along with six rebounds, five assists and one steal in 35 minutes against the Celtics. The 29 points were the second-most ever scored by an ex-Celtic in his first game against Boston (Danny Ainge scored 30 points for the Kings vs. Boston on December 27, 1989). Rondo connected on a career-high five 3-pointers against his former team (he went 5-of-7 from deep). Rondo scored Dallas' first ten points of the game. He went a perfect 6-for-6 from the field in the first quarter and scored 15 points in the opening frame. It was the highest scoring first quarter of his career. Rondo made his first seven shots of the game and finished 12-of-19 (.632) from the floor on the night. His 29-point effort was his highest scoring game since January 18, 2013 versus Chicago (30 points).
DIRK ON THE ALL-TIME FREE THROWS LIST - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has hot 6556-of-7689 (.879) from the line for his career and ranks ninth all-time in free throws made. ]]Adrian Dantley]] ranks eighth with 6832. The big German passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6712) and Dolph Schayes (6712) to move into ninth place on the NBA's all-time free throws made list against Memphis on March 20, 2015. Nowitaki has made more free throws than an 7-footer in NBA history. At present he is behind Karl Malone, Moses Malone, Kobe Bryant, Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Paul Pierce and Adrian Dantley.
DIRK ON THE ALL-TIME TRIPLES LIST - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki ranks 17th on the NBA's all-time list for 3-point field goals made with 1575. Philadelphia's Jason Richardson ranks 16th with 1608. Nowitzki knocked down his 1500th career 3-pointer at the 7:26 mark of the first quarter at Toronto on November 28, 2014. He became the 23rd player in NBA history with at least 1500 career triples. Nowitzki passed Mike Bibby for 22nd place on the all-time triples list with his second 3-pointer of the game (1518th career) at the 9:34 mark of the first quarter versus Denver on January 16, 2015. He passed Nick Van Exel and took sole possession of 21st place on the all-time 3-point field goals made list with a 3-pointer (his 1529th) at the 10:409 mark of the first quarter at Houston on January 28, 2015. The big German moved past Tim Hardaway (1542) and took sole possession of the 20th place on the NBA's all-time 3-point field goals made list with a 3-pointer (his 1543rd career) at the 9:32 mark of the third quarter versus New Orleans on March 2, 2015. He passed Eddie Jones for 19th place with a 3-pointer (his 1547th career) at the 8:56 mark of the third quarter at Golden State on March 6, 2015. He went 5-of-6 from deep against Orlando on March 18, 2015 and passed Mike Miller and Glen Rice (1559) on the all-time triples list. Nowitzki has made more 3-pointers than any other 7-footer in NBA history.
BALANCED ATTACK - Dallas had at least five players score in double figures 49 times this season. The Mavericks were 35-13 this year when they had at least five players reach double figures. They were also 20-6 when they had at least six players in double digits.
NOWITZKI ON THE ALL-TIME FIELD GOALS LIST - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki ranks 14th all-time in field goals made with 9,894. Dominique Wilkins ranks 13th with 9963. Nowitzki passed Moses Malone (9435) for 17th place on the NBA's all-time field goals made list with a 3-pointer at the 5:06 mark of the second quarter against Boston on November 3, 2014 (the basked was his fifth of the game and the 9436th of his career). Nowitzki made his first five shots against the Celtics (four of which were 3-pointers) and finished with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting. The big German passed "the Big O", Oscar Robertson (9508) for 16th place on the NBA's all-time field goals made list with a 17-foot jumper at the 1:16 mark of the first quarter versus Indiana on November 24, 2014. (the field goal was his fourth of the game and the 9509th of his career). Nowitzki finished with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting against the Pacers. Nowitzki passed Robert Parish (9614) and took sole possession of 15th place on the NBA's all-time field goals made list with a 16-foot jumper at the 7:39 mark of the first quarter against Boston on January 2, 2015 (the field goal was his first of the game and the 9615th of his career. He passed Patrick Ewing (9702) for 14th place on the all-time field goals made list with a 3-pointer at the 8:16 mark of the third quarter at Houston on January 28, 2015 (the basket was his second of the game and the 9703rd of his career).
BACK-TO-BACKS - The Mavericks went 10-7 in the first half of back-to-backs and 9-8 in the second half of back-to-backs this season. The Mavericks swept five back-to-back sets, split nine and were swept in three. The Mavericks had 17 back-to-backs this year, 12 of which came prior to the All-Star Break. In total, 10 back-to-backs were on the road, four began at home and concluded on the road and three were road-to-home. The Mavericks played 16 back-to-backs in 2013-2014, going 9-7 in the first half and 10-6 in the second half of those back-to-back sets.
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