FC: By: Scott Gaffey
1: The Dallas Mavericks are an NBA team in the western conference. They had many veteran players on their team last year that had not won an NBA championship. These players were Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tyson Chandler. With these four players they were able to achieve 57 wins and 25 losses good enough for the third seed in the western conference. This meant they would play Portland in the first round of the playoffs
2: The Dallas Mavericks were matched up with the Portland Trailblazers in the first round of the playoffs. There are many analysts that picked Dallas to lose even though they were the higher seed. This was because of past playoff performances by Dallas in which they did not perform well. However Dallas was able to dominate the series and win 4 games to 2
3: In the western conference semi-finals the Dallas Mavericks would be playing Koby Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers were the 2 time returning NBA champions. Los Angeles was the higher seed so Dallas had to play their first 2 games in Los Angeles. Luckily, they were able to upset the Lakers in both of the first 2 games to take a 2 game lead. The Mavericks won game 3 and received the chance to sweep the Lakers in front of their home crowd. The Mavericks did not dissapoint as they made an NBA record twenty 3 pointers and defeated the lakers 122 to 86
4: In the western conference finals the Dallas Mavericks were able to take game 1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder thanks to an outstanding performance by Dirk Nowitzki who scored a 48 points and 24-24 from the foul line. Unfortunately the Mavericks dropped game 2 allowing the series to be tied 1 to 1. However the Mavericks bounced back and were able to win 3 games in a row and win the series largely due to dirk nowitzki
5: For only the second time in franchise history the Dallas Mavericks had made it to the NBA finals. Their opponent was the very much hyped Miami Heat. Miami had the big 3 of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. The heat were heavily favored and did not dissapoint in game 1 winning 92 to 84. Then in game 2 the Mavericks made the greatest comeback in NBA finals history coming back from down 15 in the 4th quarter thanks to Dirk Nowitzki scoring the last 9 points for the Mavericks. Unfortunately the Mavericks dropped game 3 losing by 2 points. In the next 3 most important games of their career Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry played amazingly allowing the Mavericks to win the series 4 to 2
6: This championship was the only NBA championship in franchise history. It was an extremely important day for Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, and Dirk Nowitzki who were all older players who had never won an NBA championship. Especially for Dirk Nowtzki who was named the finals MVP. It officially got rid of the label that the Dallas Mavericks were soft. The Dallas Mavericks will be remembered as one of the best shooting teams in NBA history.
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