For Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks, first round playoff exits deem entire seasons failures. Such was the case in 2004 when Don Nelson’s last team was ousted by the Sacramento Kings in five games. The dominant 2007 Mavs will be remembered forever, but on the wrong side of history: they fell after six dramatic games to the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors. And the 2008 and 2010 squads suffered similar fates, as high aspirations led to new questions and offseason changes after they were easily ousted in late April.
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Attempting to run out the clock and seal the team’s victory, Mavericks guard Monta Ellis fired the ball across the court. Yet, there were still 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation, allowing the Spurs to inbound the ball. Inexplicably, however, six Spurs’ players were on the court. As the SB Nation graphic above points out, there are five men over or right by the half-court line and one player taking out the ball from the further baseline.
The referees didn’t notice until Ellis called it to their attention with 0.4 seconds left. Though this may have given San Antonio a competitive advantage, the strange incident did not alter the outcome of the game. The Mavs defeated the Spurs 113-111.
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