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Season Recap: A year after making it to the conference finals, the Mavericks fell to 38–44 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the rookie season of superstar Luka Doncic. The loss of guard Jalen Brunson to free agency forced the team into some bad decisions—including resting Doncic against weaker opponents. Unfortunately, the Mavs ended up losing many of those games. Dallas fans’ spirits were raised after the club traded for Kyrie Irving late in the season, but the Mavs were just 5–11 when he and Doncic played together.
March 2, 2023: Kyrie Irving scored 40 points in a win over the 76ers. It was Irving’s first 40-point game since joining the team in a February trade. He also had 6 assists and 3 steals in the victory.
January 03, 2023: Luka Doncic was named Western Conference Player of the Month for December. He averaged 35.1 points, 9.3 assists and 8.5 rebounds in 15 games. It was Doncic’s third Player of the Month award and the highest-scoring month in team history.
December 27, 2022: Luka Doncic dropped 60 points on the Knicks and added 21 rebounds and 10 assists. It marked the first time in history a player had a triple-double with 60 points and 20 rebounds.
November 4, 2022: Luka Doncic scored 35 points in a win over the Toronto Raptors. It was his eighth 30-point game in a row to start the season. Only Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain had more 30-point games to begin a season.
Season Preview: A trip to the Western Conference Finals gave Dallas fans a glimpse of what could be if the Mavericks can continue to improve—and if Luka Doncic stays healthy. What the team really needs is another primetime player who can give Doncic a breather once in a while. Last year, Jalen Brunson played that role, but he moved on. Can Tim Hardaway Jr. or Christian Wood or Spencer Dinwiddie be that player? Look for the Mavs to go shopping this winter at the trade deadline.
Season Recap: The Mavs won 52 games and reached the Western Conference Finals, but fell to the red-hot Warriors in five games. Luka Doncic battled through injuries during the regular season to lead the team with 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game. Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Spencer Dinwiddie—who came to Dallas in the trade for Kristaps Porzingis—played important supporting roles.
Season Preview: The Mavs learned that having the league’s most exciting player, Luka Doncic, doesn’t win you a championship if you run him into the ground every night—especially in the playoffs. In 2021–22, new coach Jason Kidd will try to give Doncic a breather here and there, which means more responsibility for guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson—and fingers crossed that All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis can stay injury-free.
Season Recap: The Mavs went 42–30 and won the Southwest Division championship behind another sensational season from 21-year-old Luka Doncic, who was named First-Team All-NBA. He led Dallas with 27.7 points and 8.6 assists a game. Unfortunately, Doncic was not at full health come playoff time and the Mavs fell to the Clippers in the opening round. Kristaps Prozingis averaged over 20 points a game and led the team in rebounding.
April 26, 2021: Luka Doncic was named Player of the Week for the third time in 2020–21. He scored 78 points in three Dallas victories, with 30 assists and 27 rebounds.
Season Preview: Luka Doncic is everyone’s pick to be the league MVP, but what does that mean for the Mavs in 2021? If the talented Kristaps Porzingis recovers from his 2020 playoff injury—and their three draft picks grow up quickly—the Mavericks could be a dangerous playoff team. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Josh Richardson give the team quality veterans to help Doncic slice through enemy defenses.
August 17, 2020: Luka Doncic set a record with 42 points in an opening-round playoff loss to the Clippers. He is the first player in history to top 40 points in his first-ever postseason game.
Season Preview: When Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are healthy and playing together, they are tougher to stop than they are to spell. If that happens, the Mavs should be fine in their first season without Dirk Nowitzki. They’ll need contributions from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Delon Wright, as well as a good bench in order to have success beyond the regular season.
Season Recap: The Mavs missed the playoffs but found a replacement for departing Dirk Nowitzki when they traded for Kristpas Porzingis. It cost Dallas young point guard Dennis Smith Jr., however the club has plenty of talent—including super rookie Luka Doncic, who took the NBA by storm at the age of 20. Doncic led the team in scoring with 21.2 points and assists with 6.0 per game. He also averaged close to eight rebounds.
January 21, 2019: Rookie Luca Doncic had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in a loss to the Bucks. At 19, he became the second-youngest player in history to record a triple-double.
December 13, 2018: Dirk Nowitzki played his first game of the season, making it 21 years in a row playing for the same team. That broke Kobe Bryant’s record of 20 seasons, with the Lakers.
Season Preview: All eyes will be in rookie Luka Doncic in 2018–19, as he takes the load off of all-time great Dirk Nowitzki in his final season. He will be supported by a solid front line, including center DeAndre Jordan and forward Harrison Barnes. If Doncic meshes with point guard Dennis Smith Jr., the Mavs have a shot at a playoff berth and maybe more.
Season Recap: The rebuilding Mavericks lost 50 games for the first time since the 1990s and did not have a winning month during the season. Veteran starters Dirk Nowitzki, J.J. Barrea, and Wes Matthews provided leadership, while first-round draft pick Dennis Smith was among the team leaders in points and assists.
Season Preview: Will 2017–18 be the “Dirk and Dennis Show?” Tat would be something. If old-timer Dirk Nowitzki stays healthy and rookie leader Dennis Smith Jr. develops quickly, the Mavs could have a winning season—and be set for the future. Harrison Barnes, Nerlen Noels, and Seth Curry are all quality role players.
Season Recap: Dallas suffered its first losing season in 17 years, finishing at the bottom of the division standings. At age 38, Dirk Nowitzki missed 28 games and had his lowest-scoring season since his rookie year. Harrison Barnes, signed away from the Warriors, was the team’s best player.
Season Preview: The Mavs thought they would begin the season with big man DeAndre Jordan, but he surprised them and signed with the Clippers. That leaves a hole in the lineup that could be impossible to fill. Dirk Nowitzki will try, with help from guards Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams.
Season Recap: The Mavs solved their point guard problem by trading for Rajon Rondo early in the year, but he could not push Dallas past the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. Dirk Nowitzki moved into seventh place on the NBA’s all-time points list, and Monta Ellis led the club in scoring.
January 15, 2015: Dirk Nowitzki moved past Moses Malone to become the league’s 7th all-time leading scorer. Ten days, early, Nowitzki had moved past Elvin Hayes into 8th place.
Season Preview: After losing to the Spurs in the playoffs, the Mavs added the talent they need to get past San Antonio in 2014–15. Tyson Chandler has returned to Dallas—where he was a key to the team’s NBA championship—joining Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons on a talented and versatile front line. The backcourt of Monta Ellis, Jameer Nelson, and Devin Harris is excellent, too.
November 11, 2014—Dirk Nowitzki, who came to the NBA from Germany, became the highest-scoring player born outside the United States. He passed Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, who is from Nigeria.
Season Recap: After missing the playoffs in 2012–13, the Mavericks returned to the postseason with a 49–33 record. Dirk Nowitzki and newcomer Monta Ellis led the Mavs, along with super-sub Vince Carter. Dallas had to play the top-ranked Spurs in the opening round of the playoffs, and nearly beat them—losing the series in seven games.
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|2005–06||Miami Heat||Lost 2–4|
|2010–11||Miami Heat||Won 4–2|