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2012 Playoffs

First Round vs. Oklahoma City


The Mavericks entered the 2012 postseason as the seventh seed in the West and found themselves matched up against the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. Dallas defeated Oklahoma City in five games in the 2011 Western Conference Finals, but this was a much improved Thunder team from a season ago. While the Thunder set out to prove that they were ready to compete for an NBA title, the Mavericks were out to show why they were still the defending champions. Game One saw a total of 10 ties and 16 lead changes and Oklahoma City used a late spurt to take a one-point lead (97-96) with 53.9 seconds to go in the game. Dirk Nowitzki put Dallas back in front, 98-97, with a pair of clutch free throws with 9 seconds left in regulation. But on the ensuing possession, Kevin Durant won the game for the Thunder with a 15-foot jumper that hit off the front rim and bounced up and in. The Mavericks led at the end of each of the first three quarters but ultimately came up a point short, falling to the Thunder, 99-98. Nowitzki scored 11 of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Mavs. Russell Westbrook (28), Durant (25), Serge Ibaka (22) and James Harden (19) combined for 94 of the Thunder's 99 points in the win.


The Mavericks suffered a tough loss at the hands of Kevin Durant and the Thunder in Game One and many wondered if there would be a carryover effect going into the second game of the series. But the Mavericks again showed that they were going to give the Thunder all they could handle. After the Thunder opened up a 16-point advantage (46-30) midway through the second quarter, the Mavericks responded with a 17-4 blitz to trim the deficit down to three (50-47), Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 of Dallas' 17 points during the run. The Thunder led 57-50 at the half but the Mavericks outshot the Thunder 42.1 percent (8-of-19) to 29.4 percent (5-of-17) in the third quarter and trailed by just two (79-77) going into the fourth. Dallas held a 97-96 lead with under a minute to go in regulation but Kevin Durant was fouled by Jason Terry on an inbounds play and hit both free throws to put Oklahoma City ahead 98-97 with 50.4 seconds remaining. Oklahoma City escaped with a 102-99 win and took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Nowitzki scored a game-high 31 points and added six rebounds in the loss. Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with a team-high 29 points. Tight like the first game, Game Two saw 16 ties and 16 lead changes.


After dropping two close games on the Thunder's home floor to begin the series, the Mavericks returned to the American Airlines Center looking for a much-needed win to get back in the series. But unlike Games One and Two, the Thunder controlled Game Three from the opening tip. Oklahoma City never trailed at any point and went on to win by a final score of 95-79. With the win, the Thunder took a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Dirk Nowitzki finished one rebound shy of a double-double with a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds for Dallas. Shawn Marion led Dallas in rebounding for the third consecutive game with 10 boards. Kevin Durant scored a game-high 31 points for Oklahoma City in the win.


Dirk Nowitzki did all he could to help his team avoid elimination in Game Four. He poured in a playoff-high 34 points to go along with five boards and four assists in 40 minutes. The 2011 Finals MVP went a perfect 13-for-13 from the line. With his sixth free throw at the 1:11 mark of the third quarter, he became the eighth player in NBA playoff history with 1000 career free throws made. Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd also stepped up, recording playoff highs in points (16), rebounds (7), assists (8) and minutes (38). Jason Terry made his first start of the 2012 playoffs and had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Yet, despite valiant efforts from their three veterans, the Mavericks were not able to extend the series. Dallas led by 13 (81-68) going into the fourth quarter but Oklahoma City began the period on a 28-10 run en route to a 103-97 closeout win. James Hardin led the Thunder with 29 points off the bench.

2011 Playoffs

First Round vs. Portland


Jason Kidd went 6-of-10 from behind the three-point arc and Dirk Nowitzki recorded his 66th career postseason double-double as Dallas defeated Portland 89-81 for a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-seven first round series. Despite being all but invisible for the first three quarters, Nowitzki scored 18 points (going 13-of-13 from the line) in the fourth quarter.

The Mavs led by 10 (57-47) midway through the third quarter but the Blazers used a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to two (59-57) with 1:47 remaining in the period. Dallas did not convert a field goal from the 4:38 mark of the third quarter through the 5:28 mark of the fourth. The Mavs trailed by six (72-66) with under six minutes to go in regulation but closed the game on a 23-9 run en route to the 89-81 victory.


With the Blazers holding a two-point advantage (52-50) at the half, it appeared as though Game 2 would go down to the wire. But after leading a total of 36 seconds in the opening 24 minutes, Dallas put together a stellar second half en route to a 101-89 win. A Jason Kidd 3-pointer at the 11:38 mark of the third quarter put the Mavericks back in front and they never trailed again in the game. The Mavs did not commit a single turnover in the second half and they tied a franchise low with six on the night. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with a game-high 33 points, including the team's final 11 points of the contest. Peja Stojakovic contributed 21 points off the bench. LeMarcus Aldridge posted a double-double (24 points and 10 rebounds) for Portland in a losing effort.

GAME 3 (APRIL 21, 2011) @ ROSE GARDEN (20,217) - PORTLAND 97 , DALLAS 92

Jason Terry (29) and Dirk Nowitzki (25) combined for 54 points for Dallas in Game 3. But they finished as the only two Mavericks in double figures and that was enough to take down the Blazers at the wild-and-crazy Rose Garden. Wesley Matthews (25), LeMarcus Aldridge (20), Andre Miller (16) and Brandon Roy (16) all scored 16-plus points for Portland in the win. The Blazers finished 8-of-14 (.571) from three-point range in the 97-92 decision.

GAME 4 (APRIL 23, 2011) @ ROSE GARDEN (20,357) - PORTLAND 84 , DALLAS 82

The Mavericks opened the second half of Game 4 on a 27-6 blitz and broke open a 23-point advantage (64-41) with 2:47 to play in the third quarter. Dallas appeared to have Game 4 well in hand and a controlling 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. But beginning at the 34-second mark of the third quarter, the Blazers closed the game on a remarkable 40-18 run en route to an 84-82 victory. Brandon Roy sparked the comeback for Portland, scoring 18 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth. The Mavs suffered a heartbreaking loss in Game 4 and were forced to go back to Dallas with the series knotted at 2-2.


The Mavericks could have rolled over after they let Game 4 slip away but instead came out and took care of business at home in Game 5. Tyson Chandler came up huge for Dallas, recording his first postseason double-double with 14 points and a playoff career-high 20 rebounds. His 13 offensive rebounds marked the most by any player in a postseason game since Shaquille O'Neal grabbed 14 against Chicago on 5/16/95. It was also the most offensive boards by a Maverick in a playoff game. Dallas outrebounded Portland 49-37. Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 25 points.

GAME 6 (APRIL 28, 2011) @ ROSE GARDEN (20, 494) - DALLAS 103 , PORTLAND 96

The home team had won all nine of the previous meetings between the Mavericks and the Blazers in 2010-2011 leading up to Game 6. But history would not repeat itself this time as the Mavericks finished off the Blazers with a 103-96 victory at Portland at 4/28/11. The win snapped Dallas' eight-game road losing streak in the postseason. The Mavs had lost 18 of their previous 20 road playoff contests. Dirk Nowitzki poured in a game-high 33 points to go along with a team-high 11 rebounds. Jason Terry chipped in 22 points and eight assists for Dallas in the win. Gerald Wallace registered a team-high 32 points and a game-high 12 boards for Portland in the loss.

Conference Semi-Finals vs. Los Angeles Lakers

GAME 1 (MAY 2, 2011) @ STAPLES CENTER (19,997) - DALLAS 96 , LOS ANGELES 94

The Mavericks entered Game 1 against the defending NBA champions Lakers 0-10 all-time in postseason games at Los Angeles. Early on, it certainly didn't appear as though May 2, 2011, would be the day that Dallas got its first Playoff win in L.A. The Lakers used a 21-2 run to open up a 16-point advantage (60-44) early on in the third quarter. But Dallas wouldn't say die. After fighting their way back, the Mavs faced a five-point deficit (92-87) with 3:33 to go in regulation. Dallas closed the game on a 9-2 run and stole Game 1 on the road. Dirk Nowitzki, who recorded his third postseason double-double with 28 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, put the Mavs in front by one (95-94) with two clutch free throws at the 19.5 second mark of the fourth quarter. ON the ensuing possession, Jason Kidd swiped the ball from the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and was fouled with 3.1 ticks left on the clock. Kidd split the pair at the line and the Lakers had a chance to win it in the final seconds. However, Bryant's 3-point attempt at the buzzer wouldn't fall and Dallas escaped with a 96-94 victory. Despite the last-second miss, Bryant still led all scorers with 36 points.

GAME 2 (MAY 4, 2011) @ STAPLES CENTER (19,997) - DALLAS 93 , LOS ANGELES 81

Game 2 saw a close first half with Dallas building a two-point advantage (51-49) at the break. But the Mavs controlled the final 24 minutes, outscoring the Lakers 42-32 in the second half. The Mavs led by six (75-69) with just under five minutes gone by in the fourth and used a 9-0 spurt to extend their lead to 15 (84-69) with 4:39 to go in regulation. The Lakers were unable to trim the lead to single digits and the Mavs recorded a 92-81 win. Dirk Nowitzki tallied a game-high 24 points for Dallas. Kobe Bryant had 23 and Andrew Bynum (18 points and 13 rebounds) and Pau Gasol (13 points and 10 rebounds) each recorded a double-double for Los Angeles but it wasn't enough to avoid going down 0-2. The Mavs became the first team to defeat the Lakers on their homecourt in the first two games of a playoff series since the Blazers did it in the 1977 Western Conference Finals.


The Mavericks returned home with a 2-0 series lead but knew the potential danger of giving the Lakers life in the best-of seven series. Los Angeles finished the first half of a 13-3 run and led by four (51-47) at intermission. The Lakers never trailed in the third period and held a seven-point advantage (85-78) with just over five minutes remaining in the game. But again, the Mavs didn't quit. Dallas finished the game on a 20-7 run en route to a 98-92 win. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry scored seven points apiece in the final 4:54 of regulation. Nowitzki finished with 32 points and nine rebounds. It was his third 30-point effort in the postseason (40th in his playoff career). Terry shot 7-of-10 from the field, totaling 23 points of the pine. Andrew Bynum registered a double-double for Los Angeles with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Derek Fisher (nine points) was the only Lakers starter who failed to score in double figures but it wasn't enough to deny the Mavericks at home in Game 3.


The Mavericks didn't want to let the Lakers hang around, so they went for the knockout punch in Game 4. And boy, did they deliver it! The Mavs shot 20-of-32 (.625) from beyond the arc, tying an NBA playoff record for the most 3-point field goals in a game. Jason Terry, alone, went 9-of-10 from deep, tying Rex Chapman's individual mark for the most triples in a postseason game. He finished with a playoff-high 32 points (11-14 FGs, 9-10 3FGs, 1-2 FTs) in 25 minutes. Peja Stojakovic shot a perfect 6-of-6 from long distance on his way to a postseason high 21 points. Jose Barea went 9-of-14 from the floor en route to a playoff career-high 22 points. Terry (32), Stojakovic (21) and Barea (22) combined for 75 points off the Mavs' bench. Dallas second unit outscored Los Angeles' bench 86-37 in the game. The Mavs' 86 bench points equaled the Lakers' scoring output for the entire game. The Lakers became the seventh defending NBA Champion to be swept in a playoff series and their 36-point margin of defeat was the largest to cap any of those sweeps.

Western Conference Finals vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

GAME 1 (May 17, 2011) @ AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER (20,911) - DALLAS 121 , OKLAHOMA CITY 112

Dirk Nowitzki put on a shooting performance for the ages in Game 1 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals. Nowitzki notched his first 40-point effort of the postseason with a playoff-high 45 points (12-15 FGs, 24-24 FTs) in Game 1 against Oklahoma City. The 48 points were the most by any player in a playoff game who shot at least 80 percent from the field. He went 24-of-24 from the line including 13-13 from the stripe in the third quarter alone. It set an NBA playoff record for most free throws made in a game without a miss. What's more, it was the most free throws made in a regulation-length playoff game. Nowitzki's shooting clinic overshadowed a 40-point effort by the Thunder's Kevin Durant. Dallas won by a final of 121-112 and took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

GAME 2 (May 19, 2011) @ AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER (21,051) - OKLAHOMA CITY 106 , DALLAS 100

After taking care of business in Game 1, the Mavericks gave home court advantage right back with a loss in Game 2. Dallas trailed by one (91-90) midway through the fourth quarter but Oklahoma City used an 11-2 spurt to open up a 10-point advantage (102-92) and won by a final score of 106-100. Dirk Nowitzki recorded a game high 29 points to go with five rebounds and five assists and Tyson Chandler registered his second postseason double-double with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. But the Mavs were outshot 55.7 percent (39-of-70) to 43.8 percent (35-of-80) from the field and Oklahoma City evened the series at a game apiece. Kevin Durant (24) and James Harden (23) each topped 20 points for the Thunder whose bench outscored the Mavs bench, 50-29.

GAME 3 (May 21, 2011) @ OKLAHOMA CITY ARENA (18,203) - DALLAS 93 , OKLAHOMA CITY 87

After a disappointing loss at home in Game 2, the Mavericks jumped all over the Thunder on the road in Game 3. The Mavs outscored the Thunder 27-12 in the first quarter and opened up a 23-point lead (35-12) with less than 2 minutes gone by in the second period. Oklahoma City battled back in the second half and cut the deficit to six (80-74) halfway through the fourth quarter. But Dirk Nowitzki scored eight of the Mavericks' final 13 points down the stretch to help Dallas secure a 93-87 win. Dallas never trailed and recorded its first wire-to-wire victory of the postseason. Nowitzki and Shawn Marion led Dallas with 18 points apiece. Russell Westbrook (30) and Kevin Durant (24) combined for 54 of the Thunder's 87 points in the loss.

GAME 4 (May 23, 2011) @ OKLAHOMA CITY ARENA (18,203) - DALLAS 112 , OKLAHOMA CITY 105

Dallas trailed by 15 (99-84) with just over five minutes to go in the fourth quarter of Game 4 and it appeared certain that the series would go back to Dallas tied at 2-2. But as the Mavs learned in Game 4 of the opening round series against Portland, it's never over till it's over. The Mavs outscored the Thunder 17-2 in the final 4:49 of regulation to tie the game at 101 and force overtime, eventually defeating the Thunder by a final score of 112-105. Dirk Nowitzki had 12 of the Mavs' final 17 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 40 on the night. It marked his second 40-point outing of the postseason (seventh in his playoff career). Kevin Durant tallied 29 points and a game-high 15 boards for the Thunder in the loss.


Much like Game 4, the Mavericks found themselves trailing (90-83) rallied late, closing the game on a 17-6 run en route to a 100-96 victory. With the win, the Mavericks wrapped up the series with the Thunder in five games and advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006 (second time in franchise history). Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion led Dallas with 26 points apiece. Russell Westbrook (31), Kevin Durant (23) and James Harden (23) combined for 77 of the Thunder's 96 points in the loss.


GAME 1 (May 31, 2011) @ AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA (20,003) - MIAMI 92 , DALLAS 84

The Mavericks found themselves back in familiar haunts as they travelled to Miami to begin the 2011 NBA Finals. This was the scene where, just five years earlier during the 2006 NBA Finals, Dallas had lost three consecutive games, their momentum and ultimately a World Championship. Unfortunately, that losing streak of away Finals games continued as the Heat jumped on the Mavs to notch a 92-84 win. Dallas never got it going and shot just 37.3 percent from the floor. Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 27 points, while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade recorded 24 and 22 respectively.

GAME 2 (June 2, 2011) @ AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA (20,178) - DALLAS 95 . MIAMI 93

It was a game for the ages when the Mavericks took Game 2 and tied the NBA Finals at 1-1. Dallas displayed its heart yet again as they battled back from a double-digit deficit. With just over seven minutes remaining, Swayne Wade hit a 3-pointer from the corner directly in front of the Mavs' bench to give the Heat a 15-point lead. The celebrating began, but Dallas wasn't finished. After chipping away at the lead, a Nowitzki 3-pointer with 26 seconds left gave the Mavs their first lead of the second half. After Mario Chalmers tied the game at 93, Nowitzki drove left to hit a game-winning layup over Chris Bosh and secure the win. Nowitzki scored the Mavs last nine points and finished with a team-high 24.

GAME 3 (June 5, 2011) @ AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER (20,340) - MIAMI 88 , DALLAS 86

Dirk Nowitzki's 34-point, 11-rebound effort wasn't enough to get the Mavericks a win in their first Finals game in front of their home crowd. Miami took the life out of the AAC crowd with a 14-point first-half lead from which the Mavs could never recover. With four seconds to play and the Heat up two, a LeBron James jumper rimmed out and gave Dallas one more chance. After a timeout, Rick Carlisle drew up a play with Jason Kidd inbounding to Nowitzki. But this time, the seven-footer's last-second jump shot from 16 feet clanked off the rim and the Heat took back home-court advantage.

GAME 4 (June 7, 2011) @ AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER (20,430) - DALLAS 86 , MIAMI 83

With Dirk Nowitzki battling the flu and triple-digit temperatures, the Mavericks' supporting cast rallied around their MVP to give Dallas a win and tie the Finals at 2-2. Up only a single point, a pair of clutch free throws from Jason Terry with nine seconds remaining proved to be the difference. Terry finished with 17 points while Tyson Chandler registered a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds. But it was DeShawn Stevenson - recently supplanted in the starting lineup by Jose Barea - who came off the bench to score 11 points and help fill the void for an ailing Nowitzki (who still finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds).

GAME 5 (June 9, 2011) @ AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER (20,433) - DALLAS 112 , MIAMI 103

The Mavericks took control of the Finals for the first time by winning Game 5 and taking a 3-2 series lead back to South Beach. Dallas outscored Miami 17-4 in the final 4:23 of the fourth quarter en route to a 112-103 win. Jason Terry had eight of the Mavs' final 17 points in the game. The Mavs torched the Heat from deep. outshooting Miami 13-of-19 (.684) to 8-of-20 (.400) from beyond the arc. Terry finished with 21 points, while Dirk Nowitzki totaled a game-high 29. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Miami in the loss.

GAME 6 (June 12, 2011) @ AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA (20,003) - DALLAS 105 , MIAMI 95

Up 3-2, the Mavericks wouldn't allow a seventh game to be played. Dallas shut the door on the series and this time got to celebrate on the Heat's home floor. With Dirk Nowitzki struggling in the opening half, Jason Terry picked up the slack for Dallas, carrying the Mavs with 19 first-half points on 8-of-10 shooting. The Mavs took a 57-56 advantage early in the third and never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the contest. Terry finished with a game-high 27 points. Nowitzki, who was named Finals MVP, finished with 21 points and a game-high 11 boards. Four of the Heat's starters scored 17-plus points but it wasn't enough to deny the Mavs sweet redemption and their first NBA Championship.

2010 Playoffs

First Round vs. San Antonio


Led by Dirk Nowitzki's game-high 36 points (12-14 FGs, 12-12 FTs) and a double/double from Jason Kidd (13 points, 11 assists), the Mavericks took a 1-0 lead in the first round series defeating San Antonio 100-94. The Spurs led 59-58 with 6:13 to play in the third quarter when Dallas went on a 13-6 run through the 2:17 mark to take a 71-65 lead for good. The Spurs were led in scoring by Tim Duncan with 27 and Manu Ginobli with 26.


Dallas dug their hole early in Game Two with a horrible beginning, missing 12 of their first 13 shots from the field and shooting only 6-of-22 (27%) in the first half. Fortunately for the Mavs, San Antonio wasn't that much better early-on shooting only 37.5% in the opening stanza and helping keep Dallas in the game. Despite a steady San Antonio lead throughout, the Mavericks were able to close the gap to five (89-84) midway through the fourth quarter before the Spurs went on an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 97-84 with 3:37 remaining. After scoring a playoff career-low five points in Game 1, Jason Terry had a game-high 27 points and single-handedly outscored the Spurs' bench 27-24. Dirk Nowitzki had a double/double with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

GAME 3 (APRIL 23, 2010) @ AT&T CENTER (18,581) — SAN ANTONIO 94, DALLAS 90

The start to game three was not that much better than what Dallas had experienced in Game Two. After scoring the game's first four points, San Antonio went on a 12-0 run to open an early lead. Dallas hung tough throughout the first half and only trailed by three at the break. The third quarter was all Dallas as the Mavs enjoyed a 19-2 run at one point to finish the third stanza ahead by three. However the Spurs' Manu Ginobli (who had left the game in the third quarter with a broken nose) returned for the final quarter giving the home team an emotional lift. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the fourth quarter but Tony Parker's three point play with 18.7 seconds to play sealed a 94-90 victory for San Antonio who took a 2-1 lead in the series. Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 35 while Tim Duncan and Tony Parker had 23 for the Spurs.

GAME 4 (APRIL 25, 2009) @ AT&T CENTER (18,581) — SAN ANTONIO 92, DALLAS 89

In game four of the series, the Spurs double-teamed Dirk Nowitzki from buzzer to buzzer and held the Mavs' star to only ten shots en route to a 92-89 victory and a 3-1 lead in the playoff series. Dallas played a solid first half and led by 11 at halftime. Caron Butler opened the third quarter for the Mavs with a three point basket but San Antonio outscored the Mavs 29-8 for the remainder of the period and ended the quarter with a seven point lead that Dallas couldn't come back from. Nowitzki and Butler led the Mavericks in scoring with 17 each while the Spurs were paced by 29 points from George Hill and 17 from Manu Ginobili.


Facing elimination, the Mavericks' Caron Butler went off for a playoff career-high 35 points keeping Dallas alive in the opening round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs. Dallas, behind Shawn Marion and Eduardo Najera played a much more physical brand of basketball in game five and led the Mavs to a 103-81 win. The Mavs, who led by seven at the half, took control in the third period of play outscoring San Antonio by eleven and leading after three by 18. Butler became the first Maverick, other than Dirk Nowitzki to score 30 in a playoff game since Jason Terry notched 35 points in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Miami on June 18, 2006. The Spurs were led, on the night, by Tony Parker with 18 and George Hill with 12.

GAME 6 (APRIL 29, 2010) @ AT&T CENTER (18,581) - SAN ANTONIO 97, DALLAS 87

The last place the Mavericks wanted to be was in San Antonio with their backs against the wall for Game 6, but just when they thought things could not get more difficult Dallas dug itself a 22-8 first-quarter deficit. Dallas’ 8-point opening quarter was a franchise low and allowed San Antonio to lead by as many 22 points in the first half. However, the Mavericks were not dead yet. They showed heart as they stormed back in the second half to take the lead behind Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler's 33 and 25 points respectively. Rookie guard Rodrigue Beaubois cut through the pressure of his first postseason to chip in 16 points of the bench in just 21 minutes of action. In the end, it was not enough however as Dallas ran out of steam and fell to the rival Spurs in six games.

2009 Playoffs

First Round vs. San Antonio

GAME 1 (APRIL 18, 2009) @ AT&T CENTER (18.797) — DALLAS 105, SAN ANTONIO 97

The Spurs took control early in front of their home crowd, leading by as many as 13 points in the first quarter. But fueled by 25 Josh Howard points, the Mavericks came from behind on the way to "stealing" Game 1 in San Antonio. The Mavericks' hot shooting from the field and the free throw line proved the difference as they outshot the Spurs 54 percent to 47 percent from the field and connected on six more shots from the charity stripe (DAL 16-17 FTs; SA10-12 FTs).

GAME 2 (APRIL 20, 2009) @ AT&T CENTER (18,797) — SAN ANTONIO 105, DALLAS 84

In a must win for San Antonio, Tony Parker led five Spurs in double figures with a game-high 38 points. The French point guard could not miss, hitting 16 of his 22 tries from the field and adding six points at the free throw line. The Mavericks, unable to match the Spurs' intensity, struggled to score points or secure rebounds. In fact, Parker single-handedly matched the Mavericks' first quarter efforts with 19 points.


The Mavericks used an explosive 15-2 run late in the first half to secure a 48-30 lead at the intermission. Dirk Nowitzki came to life for his first 20-point outing of the postseason and led the Mavs with nine rebounds. Tim Duncan, who had averaged 20.0 points in the first two games, chipped in a playoff career-low four points (2-9 FGs) and grabbed only two rebounds in the Spurs' losing effort.


Though Tony Parker and Tim Duncan combined for 68 points, including a postseason career-high 43 from Parker, Dallas took a commanding 3-1 series lead. With a balanced effort, the Mavs put San Antonio in a serious series deficit. Josh Howard sparked the Mavericks with 28 points while Jason Kidd added 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

GAME 5 (APRIL 28, 2009) @ AT&T CENTER (18,797) — DALLAS 106, SAN ANTONIO 93

Dallas never trailed as they sailed to a 4-1 series victory over San Antonio. Dirk Nowitzki (31 points, nine rebounds) led the way and Jason Terry (19 points, four assists) showcased why he earned the NBA's Sixth Man Award. The Mavericks proved that it takes more than two players to win a series. Tim Duncan (30) and Tony Parker (25) gave it their all, but victory went to the Mavericks - who placed six players in double figures.

Conference Semi-Finals vs. Denver

GAME 1 (MAY 3, 2009) @ PEPSI CENTER (19.631) — DENVER 109, DALLAS 95

The Nuggets had Nene to thank as the center scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half and kept Denver in the game until the likes of Carmello Anthony could find his groove in the fourth quarter. Anthony poured in 14 points down the stretch (en route to 23 for the game) and the Nuggets cruised to a Game 1 victory. The biggest disparity came at the free throw line where Denver outscored Dallas 25-9. Meanwhile, Denver took advantage of 20 Mavericks turnovers, which led to 25 points for the home team. Dirk Nowitzki started what would become one of the best playoff series of his career with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

GAME 2 (MAY 5, 2009) @ PEPSI CENTER (19,890) — DENVER 117, DALLAS 105

Denver's J.R. Smith hit the defining basket of the game when, assisted by Chauncey Billups, the duo turned a Jason Kidd turnover into a go-ahead score. Denver did not trail after Kidd's late-third quarter bobble. Once again, Carmelo Anthony got hot in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 of his 25 points in the final period and sparking a 16-2 run to start the final 12:00. Dirk Nowitzki was stellar for Dallas with 35 points, nine rebounds and four assists but was joined in double figures by only Jason Terry (21) and Antoine Wright (10).


Antoine Wright thought he had committed the game's 62nd foul. The officiating crew thought differently. And the Nuggets went on to take a 3-1 lead in the series. The Mavericks led 105-103 with 28.5 seconds remaining. After Dirk Nowitzki (game-highs 33 points, 18 rebounds) missed a 13-footer, the Nuggets faced an out-of-bounds with 6.5 seconds to go. Wright hit Carmelo Anthony hard enough to knock him of balance but not enough to warrant a call by the officials. Anthony hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.0 second left on the clock.

GAME 4 (MAY 11, 2009) @ AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER (20,523) — DALLAS 119, DENVER 117

The Mavericks avoided the sweep after a lackadaisical start. In the second contest that came down to the wire, Dirk Nowitzki (44 points, 13 rebounds) and Carmelo Anthony (41 points, 11 rebounds) saw to it that the sellout crowd got what it paid for. The duo traded scores and boards and became only the third pair of NBA players to each score 40 points and grab 10 rebounds.

GAME 5 (MAY 13, 2009) @ PEPSI CENTER (19. 962) — DENVER 124, DALLAS 110

Dallas gave a good effort but, in the end, Denver was too good at home. The Mavericks climbed to within six, 97-103, with 7:00 to play. However another late-in-the-shot-clock 3-pointer by Carmelo Anthony, followed by an Antoine Wright technical foul, undid any hopes of a comeback and Denver sailed to a 4-1 series win.

2008 Playoffs

First Round vs. New Orleans

GAME 1 (APRIL 19, 2008) @ NEW ORLEANS ARENA (17,446) — NEW ORLEANS 104, DALLAS 92

The Mavericks wanted to come out swinging in Game 1 and they connected… for a half. Chris Paul (35 points and 10 assists) and the Hornets regrouped and rallied in the second half. New Orleans came back from a 23-point halftime deficit to take a 1-0 series lead with a 104-92 victory. Paul took control in the third period, scoring 15 points. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 31, but received little help in the second half.

GAME 2 (APRIL 22, 2008) @ NEW ORLEANS ARENA (17,855) — NEW ORLEANS 127, DALLAS 103

The Mavericks fell into a 2-0 series deficit after the Hornets’ 127-103 victory at New Orleans Arena. Chris Paul (32 points and 17 assists) was brilliant once again, while Dallas had trouble generating scoring opportunities for anyone other than Dirk Nowitzki. New Orleans turned a 16-point edge at halftime into a 25-point lead in the third quarter and cruised to the win. Brandon Bass scored 19 for the Mavericks, with the majority coming after the game was already decided.


The series with the Hornets became a series after Dallas triumphed 97-87 at American Airlines Center. A lineup change, elevating Jason Terry back into the starting lineup, helped ignite the Mavericks. Chris Paul (4-18 FGs) struggled, while Dirk Nowitzki finished with a game-high 32 points. The Mavericks ran (23-4 fastbreak edge), attacked (38-13 free throws edge) and defended (Hornets’ 37.9% shooting). Terry and Josh Howard combined for 40 points.


More inconsistency reared its ugly head in the 97-84 loss to New Orleans at American Airlines Center. Dallas found itself in a do-or-die situation despite a promising start. The Mavericks were the aggressors early, but the Hornets asserted their will as the evening wore on. Dirk Nowitzki (22 points) and Jason Terry (20) were the only starters in double figures. Chris Paul, David West and Peja Stojakovic combined for 59 points for New Orleans. Jason Kidd was ejected in the fourth quarter for a Flagrant 2 foul against Jannero Pargo.

GAME 5 (APRIL 29, 2008) @ NEW ORLEANS ARENA (18,260) — NEW ORLEANS 99, DALLAS 94

With the season hanging in the balance, the Mavericks summoned the kind of effort needed to continue the fight. But it still wasn’t enough. The series came to an end in a gut-wrenching 99-94 loss at New Orleans Arena. Dallas slugged it out with the Southwest Division champs for the full 48 minutes, with Dirk Nowitzki playing every one. The last seven minutes witnessed a furious Dallas rally from 17 down that made it a one possession game with 33.2 seconds left. But New Orleans held on in the final seconds.

2007 Playoffs

First Round vs. Golden State


Baron Davis scored 19 of his 33 points in the third quarter, carrying Don Nelson's small-ball lineup to a 97-85 victory over Dallas in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. Davis nearly finished with a triple-double adding 14 rebounds and 8 assists. Stephen Jackson added 23 points and Jason Richardson scored 13, helping Golden State pick up its first playoff win since April 25, 1992, and their first playoff road win since May 8, 1991. Dirk Nowitzki, who shot just 4-of-16 from the field, struggled for the Mavs. Meanwhile, Josh Howard was 8-of-21 FGs for 21 points to go with 13 rebounds. Dallas got only four points from the bench, all from center [DeSagana Diop]]. Jerry Stackhouse was 0-for-6 with 5 turnovers. Dallas' best run came in the third quarter, going from down four to up four - with Nowitzki on the bench. Golden State led by four going into the fourth quarter and never gave up the lead. Dallas drew to within two at 78-76 but an 11-3 run helped pull the Warriors away. Dallas was outshot 42.3% to 35.3%.


After doing a lot wrong in Game 1, the Mavericks did a lot right in Game 2. Jason Terry scored 28 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 23 to even the series with a 112-99 victory. Jerry Stackhouse added 17 points after being held scoreless in Game 1. Golden State was trailing when technical fouls started to add up. First, Baron Davis was ejected with 0.2 second left in the third quarter then Stephen Jackson was ejected with 4:34 left in the game. Jackson led the Warriors in scoring with 30 points. Davis had 13 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound. Golden State started strong going on an 11-0 run in the opening minutes eventually leading 23-16. But Josh Howard led a 15-2 run that sealed the victory for Dallas. The Mavs outshot the Warriors 48.7% to 47.4% and outrebounded them 41 to 34.


After waiting 13 years between playoff runs, 20,629 Warriors fans wearing yellow t-shirts packed into sold out Oracle Arena to watch Golden State take a 2-1 series lead as they won Game 3, 109-91. Jason Richardson had 30 points and 8 rebounds while Baron Davis added 24 points. The Warriors led throughout the final 44 minutes, owning an 18-point lead in the first half and going up by as much as 23 in the third quarter. Dirk Nowitzki battled foul trouble most of the game finishing with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Josh Howard was the only bright spot for Dallas with 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting. Dallas shot just 38.8% from the floor and committed 18 turnovers.


Baron Davis had 5 of his 33 points, and 2 key assists, in the final three minutes as the Warriors came from behind for a 103-99 victory to take a 3-1 series lead. Jason Richardson scored 22 points and Stephen Jackson added 19. For Dallas Jerry Stackhouse scored 24 points and kept Dallas ahead for most of the second half until Davis took over in the final minutes. Davis hit Jackson for an open 3-pointer, then made a driving layup to put Golden State ahead 91-90 with 2:34 to play. Andris Bledrins dunked and Matt Barnes added a 3-pointer, but Dirk Nowitzki kept it close hitting back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 14 seconds. With one last shot, Devin Harris threw the ball straight to Michael Pietrus of the Warriors. Golden State outshot the Mavericks 45.9% to 43.8% but Dallas controlled the boards outrebounding the Warriors 49 to 34. Stackhouse led Dallas with 24 points off the bench. Nowitzki added 23 and [[Josh Howard}} had 22.


Dirk Nowitzki single-handedly won Game 5 for the Mavericks scoring 12 points during a 15-0 run over the final 3:07 to turn a nine-point deficit into a 118-112 victory. Golden State overcame a 21-point Dallas lead and was up 112-103 in the fourth quarter before Nowitzki took over the game. The Warriors missed their final eight shots. Baron Davis led Golden State with 27 points and 9 assists. He went 7-for-7 for 21 points in the second half. Jason Richardson asked 23 points with five 3-pointers. Nowitzki finished with 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Josh Howard had 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Devin Harris added 16 including 11 in the final period. DeSagana Diop scored a career-high 11 points. Dallas outshot Golden State 50.6% to 47.0% and controlled the boards 44 to 38.

GAME SIX (MAY 3, 2007) @ ORACLE ARENA (20,677) - GOLDEN STATE 111, DALLAS 86

Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson led the Warriors, who pulled off perhaps the biggest playoff upset in NBA history. Davis scored 20 points despite a strained hamstring. Jackson made a playoff franchise-record seven 3-pointers and Golden State became the first No. 8 seed to capture a best-of-seven series with a 111-86 victory over the NBA-best Dallas Mavericks. Warriors' head coach Don Nelson beat his ole organization by holding Dirk Nowitzki to 8 points on 2-for-13 shooting. Jackson hit four 3-pointers during a decisive 24-3 third quarter run and finished with a playoff career-high 22 points for the Warriors. Josh Howard scored 20 points and Jerry Stackhouse had 14 of his 20 points in the first quarter for the Mavs. Dallas trailed 50-48 at the half, but went 5:07 without scoring in the third quarter as Golden State ran their lead to 83-63 going into the final 12 minutes.