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04/17/2014

I-35 playoff history: Mavericks vs. Spurs

Lg_spurs_ap-01The Dallas Mavericks' lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night to lock up the precious eight-seed, but, nonetheless, will return to the playoffs after a one-year postseason "sabbatical" to play the Eviction Notice - the San Antonio Spurs.

This will be the fifth time the Mavericks will play Los Spurs in the playoffs de el NBA, all since 2001.
Just the thought of Mavs v. Spurs conjures images of losses, but in the playoffs ...

The Spurs are 3-2 against the Mavericks in the playoffs.

2001 Western Conference Semifinals
Spurs, 4-1
The Mavericks had upset the Utah Jazz in the five-game series by winning the final three games of that first round series, and were completely over-their-head against the Spurs. The Mavs lost the four games by double digits. Shawn Bradley was the Mavs' starting center.

2003 Western Conference Finals
Spurs, 4-2
The Mavs opened the series by winning in San Antonio, and then dropped the next three games. The Spurs scored 23 consecutive points in the fourth-quarter of Game 6 to win the series. The Spurs out-scored the Mavs 34-9 in the fourth quarter of the final game. The Mavs played the final three games without Dirk Nowitzki.

Nba_mavs_spurs_2006_5762006 Western Conference Semifinals
Mavericks, 4-3
The most exciting playoff series the Mavs' have ever played. Both teams won 60 games in the regular season. ESPN's John Hollinger ranked this as the third-best playoff series ever.
The Mavs led the series 3-1 before the Spurs forced a decisive Game 7 in San Antonio. Dirk Nowitzki forced overtime in Game 7 by converting a 3-point play with 20 seconds remaining. And - yes - DeSagana Diop dominated in overtime.

2009, Western Conference first round
Mavericks, 4-1
I have no recollection of a series the Mavericks completely dominated. This was the first time since 2000 the Spurs did not advance out of the first round.

2010, Western Conference first round
Spurs, 4-2
Put it this way - Roddy Beaubois was the Mavs' secondary scorer. Never a series. 

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Comments

Davidmar

The Spurs were nearly champs last year, and I think they're on a mission this year. They're just flat out a better team than Dallas. Pity that the Mavs couldn't pull it out against the Grizzlies last night because I definitely like their chances against OKC more.

Spurs take this series 4-1.

BOOM baby!

does it really matter what happens in the west?

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