DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks can bring out the pom poms. And the rocking chair.
With Houston's 105-99 overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday, the Mavs clinched a playoff spot for an unprecedented 12th straight season. That means with three regular season games left, coach Rick Carlisle can begin resting some of his regulars in preparation for the postseason, which starts Apr. 28.
The Mavs are 35-28 and will host the Golden State Warriors on Friday before ending the season with road games Saturday in Chicago and Apr. 26 in Atlanta.
Because of their inconsistent play this season, a lot of folks thought the Mavs would become the third defending NBA champions to not make the playoffs the following season. But that no longer is the case.
-- Dwain Price
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