Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks
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The 2016-17 NBA season was a forgettable one for Dallas Mavericks fans. It was the first time since 1999-2000 that the team was unable to qualify for the playoffs. Plagued with injuries, the team finished the season with a record of 33-49 (.402) record.
However, one saving grace of the previous campaign is that the unfortunate injuries led to on court time for guard Seth Curry and point guard Yogi Ferrell.
The team has had a quiet off-season, working diligently on player development. Now the Mavericks are locked and loaded and have their sights set high for this upcoming season. With a roster consisting of sharp shooters and hungry veterans, Dallas looks poised to regain its' spot on top of Southwest Division and bring home another NBA championship. Division rivals, the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs will fight to keep the Mavericks down. Tickets for all games on the Dallas Mavericks schedule are available throughout their regular season and post season!
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Standout Moments in Dallas Mavericks History
Although Dallas Mavericks is a relatively new franchise in the NBA, it has enjoyed considerable success over its 37 years of existence. Mentioned below are a few of them.
The 17-Game Winning Streak - The Dallas Mavericks’ 2006-07 NBA season did not finish as well as expected however, it remains a memorable one owing to the team’s multiple winning streaks. The highlight of course was their phenomenal 17-game winning streak that began on January 27, 2007, and ended on March 12, 2007. During this time, the Mavericks outscored their opponents by 102.5 to 89.5, a differential of 13.2.
The contribution of Power Forward Dirk Nowitzki in the winning streak cannot be overlooked. He led the Mavericks to become the first NBA team to record three winning streaks of 12 or more and the fourth team in NBA history to post 3 double-digit winning streaks within the same season. Nowitzki was named MVP for the 2006-07 season.
The Mavericks’ First Championship - Led by LeBron James, Miami Heat were the favorites for the 2010-11 NBA Championship. The Mavericks’ roster didn’t have the star power to challenge mighty Heat at the time.
But Jason Terry’s brilliant shooting and a final push by the legendary Dirk Nowitzki led the team to a rather surprising 105-95 win over Miami Heat at the American Airlines Center on June, 12, 2011.
Dallas Mavericks Arch Rivals
The Dallas Mavericks share rivalries with a number of teams in the NBA. Mentioned below are a few of the interesting ones.
San Antonio Spurs - The rivalry between the Dallas mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs is due to the very dramatic and intense games played between the two sides.
The 2009 playoff series stands out in this regard as it was a pretty close game. The Mavericks were able to defeat the Spurs in the first round however they didn’t perform well following the win. Then again in the 2010 series, expectations were high for both teams, but this time the aging Spurs managed to beat the Mavericks.
Overall, the Spurs and Mavericks have squared off against each other a total of 172 times in regular season games. Out of these, the Mavericks have won 67 while the Spurs are leading with 105 wins.
Houston Rockets - The rivalry between the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets is called the I-45 rivalry. This is because both Dallas and Houston lie on Interstate 45.
The rivalry started back in the 1980-81 NBA season when the Dallas Mavericks were the last team from Texas to join the league. In the Mavs’ inaugural season, the Rockets won all six games. This includes a 116-68 blowout win.
When Dallas defeated Houston in the 2005 playoffs, the Rockets accused the team of game fixing.
The rivalry grew more intense in the 2015 season when Jason Terry who was a starter on the Mavericks’ 2011 Championship winning team joined the Rockets. Both teams clashed in the first round of the NBA playoffs where the Rockets beat the Mavs 4-1.
Overall, the two clubs have had 171 meetings in the regular season. Out of these, the Mavs have won 81 times while the Rockets have 90 victories to their credit.
Greatest Players in Dallas Mavericks History
Over the course of their history, many players have donned the Mavericks uniform. However the contributions of some are more noteworthy than the rest. Mentioned below are a few of such players.
Dirk Nowitzki - Dirk Nowitzki is one player who has never donned another uniform besides the Mavericks’.
Since his debut back in 1998, the Power Forward has led the team to a total of fifteen NBA playoffs. This includes the franchise’s first appearance in the Finals in 2006 as well as the team’s first and only championship in 2011.
Nowitzki has 12 All-NBA Team selections and 13 All-Star appearances so far. He is the first player from Europe to start in an All-Star Game as well as the first one to receive the NBA MVP Award (2007). The German born athlete also happens to be the highest scoring foreign-born player in league’s history and the sixth player to score more than 30,000 regular-season points.
Mark Aguirre - Mark Aguirre was chosen by the Dallas Mavericks as the first overall pick in the 1981 NBA draft. During his seven-and-a-half year stint with the team, the Chicago born athlete never disappointed his fans. He never averaged less than 22.4 points a game.
Aguirre was a three-time All-Star for Dallas. He grabbed 502 steals, dished 1,163 steals and dropped 13,930 points, each of which ranks in the top 10 lists of the franchise.
American Airlines Center
Opened in 2001, American Airlines Center is one of the best sporting venues in the NBA. In the arena, fans are welcomed by a beautiful combination of brick, granite and limestone that creates the warm feeling of home. The arena also includes three state of the art video boards and sound systems that present the public with a five star game day experience. If you want to enjoy a fan friendly spot before or after the game, you must visit AT&T plaza.
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Dallas Maverick tickets 2017
The schedule for the 2017-18 NBA season has been announced. Having experienced their first losing season in close to two decades, the Mavericks are determined to put together a good fight in the upcoming campaign.
There have been some moves during the off-season and the team looks ready to take on the opponents in the upcoming matchups, Dallas Mavericks tickets 2017 for which are available here. So check out the dates and be ready for some intense basketball action.