Spurs vs. Mavericks Series Breakdown

SPURS-MAVERICKS PLAYOFF HISTORY: San Antonio has only faced its first round opponent and in-state rival Dallas Mavericks three times in its playoff history, winning two of the three matchups and compiling a head-to head record of 11-7. 2009 will mark the first time the the two teams have met in the first round. The Mavericks' only series win was a 4-3 victory during the teams' most recent meeting in the 2006 Western Conference Semifinals. In 2003, San Antonio triumphed in six games in the Western Conference Finals on its way to a second NBA title. The first meeting between the teams ended in a lopsided 4-1 victory for the Silver and Black in the conference semifinals.

GETTING ACQUAINTED: The Spurs and Mavericks are matched up in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. The teams split the season series with two wins apiece, and each team managed one victory on the road.

97.04 (23rd)


101.74 (9th)

93.29 (2nd)

Opp. PPG

99.76 (14th)

3.75 (7th)


1.97 (10th)

46.6 (7th)


46.2 (9th)

45.3 (9th)

Opp. FG%

45.5 (13th)

38.6 (3rd)


35.0 (25th)

37.9 (24th)

Opp. 3PT%

37.5 (21st)

76.1 (19th)


81.9 (2nd)

41.04 (18th)


42.73 (5th)

40.42 (11th)

Opp. RPG

 41.73 (17th)

+.62 (15th)


+ 1.35 (8th)

4.01 (27th)


5.23 (9th)

5.78 (30th)


 7.20 (17th)

11.74 (1st)


12.72 (5th)

11.72 (30th)

Opp. TO/G

 12.97 (26th)

30 (13th)

Score 100+ pts. (wins)

34 (9th)

2 (Tied 1st)

Score 100+ pts. (losses)

 11 (Tied 15th)

93.8 (2nd)


75.6 (13th)

11 (Tied 12th)

Opp. Scores 100+ (wins)

 15 (10th)

12 (3rd)

Opp. Scores 100+ (losses)

 23 (Tied 13th)

47.8 (6th)


 39.5 (9th)

3 SEED? SOUNDS GOOD: The Silver and Black have qualified for the NBA playoffs 28 times in franchise history but have been seeded third only twice before this season. The first time Spurs were seeded third was during the 2007 playoffs when they defeated Denver 4-1 in round one, Phoenix 4-2 in round two, Utah 4-1 in the conference finals and swept Cleveland 4-0 in the NBA Finals for their fourth championship in nine years. In 2008 the third-seeded Spurs defeated Phoenix 4-1 in round one and New Orleans 4-3 in round two before falling 4-1 to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

PLAYOFF EXCELLENCE: The Spurs clinched the Southwest Division for the first time since 2006 on the final day of the regular season with a win over New Orleans and simultaneous Houston loss to Dallas. San Antonio will appear in the playoffs for a league leading 12th consecutive season. Since drafting Tim Duncan prior to the 1997-98 campaign, the Spurs have yet to miss the playoffs and have won four NBA Championships (1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007) during the span. San Antonio’s playoff dominance extends back to when the team joined the NBA for the 1976-77 season, as the team has appeared in the postseason in 29 of their 33 seasons, including 19 of their last 20 overall (missed the 1996-97 playoffs in which David Robinson played only six games due to injury). The last NBA teams to have a longer playoff run were the New York Knicks, who made 14 straight appearances from 1987-88 through 2000-01 and the Phoenix Suns at 13 consecutive appearances from 1988-89 through 2000-01.

SPURS / MAVERICKS CONNECTIONS: The Spurs franchise was originally located in Dallas and was known as the Dallas Chaparrals ... the team moved to San Antonio in 1973 after being sold to a group of local investors … Dallas assistant coach Mario Elie was part of the Spurs 1999 NBA Championship team … in 126 games with the Silver and Black, Elie averaged 8.3 points and 3.1 rebounds … Spurs guard/forward Michael Finely played for Dallas for eight and a half seasons, and was named an All-Star twice (2000, 2001) during his time there ... he is second on the Mavs all-time leaders list in three-pointers made with 870 ... Tim Duncan and Josh Howard are both alums of Wake Forest ... the first game in Mavs history was a 103-92 win over the Spurs on 10/11/80 … the Spurs set an NBA record by shooting 70.7 percent (53-75) from the field in a 132-120 victory over the Mavericks on 4/16/83 … Tim Duncan set a career-high with 53 points against Dallas on 12/26/01 … Duncan’s 53 points is tied for the fourth-highest point total in Spurs history … Spurs forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu played for Dallas during the 2006-07 season appearing in 12 games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in 5.9 minutes.

POSTSEASON SUCCESS: The Spurs currently hold the fourth best playoff winning percentage in NBA history. Much of this success is thanks to Tim Duncan, considering in 17 playoff appearances before Duncan arrived the Spurs were 52-67 (.437). In 12-playoff appearances during the Duncan era, the Spurs are 101-59 (.631). No team has more playoff wins during the last 12 years than the Spurs (see chart below). During his career, Duncan has missed only five playoff games and the Spurs are 1-4 in those contests. The Spurs’ record for games that Duncan has played in is 100-55 (.645).

Most Playoff Wins: Last 12 Years (1998-Present)

Team W/L Record Pct.

THREE POINT RECORD: The Spurs broke their all-time record for most three pointers made in a season vs. Utah on 4/10 … the Spurs made 625 three pointers on the season … the previous record was 595 made during the 2006-07 season … San Antonio also broke their three pointers attempted mark of 1,610 (2007-08) by putting up 1,620 three pointers.

DUNCAN’S TIME TO SHINE: Tim Duncan has established himself as one of the most prolific postseason performers in NBA history … while leading the Spurs to four NBA Championships, Duncan has been named the Finals MVP three times, joining Michael Jordan (six times), Shaquille O’Neal (three) and Magic Johnson (three) as the only players in NBA history to win three-or-more Finals MVP’s … in 155 playoff games he has posted four 40 point games, four triple-doubles and 118 double-doubles (this is the sixth highest points-rebounds double-double in postseason history) … 21 times in the postseason Duncan has led (or co-led) the Spurs in each of the three major categories – points, rebounds and assists – in the same game (this ties Larry Bird’s NBA record for the most times a player has led his team in all three categories in a single game).

WINNING CONSISTENTLY: Gregg Popovich moved in to fourth place on the all-time consecutive winning seasons list when the Spurs defeated the Phoenix Suns on 3/8 for their 42nd win of the season … only Pat Riley, Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan rank ahead of him … his 12 consecutive winning seasons place him ahead of Hall of Fame coaches Red Auerbach and Chuck Daly … Coach Popovich’s best regular season came during the 2005-06 campaign where his Spurs went 63-19 … his four NBA Championships during the streak place him in a tie for secondplace with Pat Riley.

THE BIG 5-0: With their win at Oklahoma City on 4/7, the Spurs became just the third team in NBA history to record 50+ wins in 10 straight seasons … Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers are the only other franchises to record such a streak … San Antonio has the second most win total and third most championships among these teams during their current 10 year stretch:

CUTTING IT CLOSE: The Silver and Black posted a 12-7 record (.632) in games decided by three-points-or-less … their 12 wins were the most in the league … in their most recent nail-biter, the Spurs fought back from a 16 point, second quarter deficit and Michael Finley hit a 25- foot three pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining for the win … the Spurs defeated the Kings 95-92 at Sacramento on 4/12.

BENCH PLAY: The Spurs reserves outscored their opponents bench in 52 of 82 games … San Antonio recorded a 37-15 recorded in those 52 games ... San Antonio's bench averaged 30.4 ppg while opponents reserves averaged 24.3 ppg ... Manu Ginobili and rookie guard George Hill are leading the way ... Ginobili averaged 15.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.54 steals in 26.4 minutes in 37 games off the bench … in 70 games off the bench Hill averaged 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 15.4 minutes … Kurt Thomas also played a pivotal role for the Spurs off the bench, averaging 4.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 16.6 minutes in 69 games as a sub.

November 4, 2008
Mavericks 98, Spurs 81 | Box | Video
Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry combined for 59 points to hand the Spurs a November home loss.

December 9, 2008
Spurs 133, Mavericks 126 (OT)| Box | Video
Tim Duncan poured in 32 points and 15 rebounds to give the Spurs an overtime win in Dallas.

February 24, 2009
Spurs 93, Mavericks 76 | Box | Video
With Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan sidelined, Tony Parker ran up 37 points to lead the Spurs to victory.

March 4, 2009
Mavericks 107, Spurs 102 | Box | Video
Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard combined for 53 points to lead Dallas in the regular season series' final matchup.