Today in Sports History: October 11

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 1980, The Dallas Mavericks opened their first season in the NBA with a 103-92 victory at home against interstate rival San Antonio Spurs. The Dallas Mavericks have gone through many ups and downs since their inception. In the 80s the Mavericks were a perennial playoff team, but could never quite get to the finals. In the 1987-88 NBA season, the Mavericks made it to the Western Conference Finals but lost to the eventual champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. The 90s marked an era of rebuilding. It wasnโ€™t until the Nowitzki era (1998-2018), that the Dallas Mavericks were finally able to turn the struggling franchise around. Dirk Nowitzki would emerge to be a superstar in the league, and helped lead the Mavericks to their first NBA Finals in 2006. However, the season ended in heartbreak. The Mavericks were initially up 2-0 against the Miami Heat, but a comeback led by Heatโ€™s Dwyane Wade saw the Heat win four consecutive games to win the championship 4-2. Championship glory finally arrived in Dallas during the 2010-11 season. The Mavericks, who were considered the underdogs, managed to defeat Miamiโ€™s big three – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh – in six games to secure the Dallas Mavericks first NBA Championship. 

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