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Closing Time

Consider the end of the third quarter the Mavs’ “last call,” because this season if Dallas is in the lead after three, once the fourth quarter starts it’s already over.

The Mavs are 30-0 this season when leading after three quarters, per Basketball-Reference, the only perfect record in the NBA. Thirty and zero.

Over the years, Dallas has boasted some pretty awesome records when out in front after three. The club was 30-2 during the 2011-12 season, 44-3 during the 2009-10 season, 53-3 in 2006-07, and 49-4 in the 2002-03 season. But no Mavs team, not even the championship squad in 2010-11, has put together a perfect record in such instances.

As great as the Mavs’ competition has been in the Western Conference this season, especially upcoming opponents Portland and Golden State, no team’s record when leading after three compares.

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Mavs’ prized mid-season additions find their niche together before daunting road trip

With their team looking to rebound following back-to-back losses, the Dallas Mavericks’ two prized mid-season additions stepped in at just the right time Monday night to help lead their new squad to a much-needed victory.

Scoring 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting and grabbing five rebounds, four-time All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo aggressively set the tone while engineering the Mavericks (40-22) back into the win column following Monday’s 102-93 win at home over the New Orleans Pelicans. Meanwhile, six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire gave the Mavs a boost off the bench, scoring 14 points on 6 of 9 from the field and pulling down four rebounds in less than 23 minutes of reserve work.

Stepping up with starters Chandler Parsons (sprained left ankle) and Tyson Chandler (left hip contusion) sidelined due to injuries, the two newcomers gave the Mavs a burst of energy. In doing so, Rondo and Stoudemire may have both also found how best they can assist the Mavericks during the final 20 games of the regular season while continuing the jelling process with a cast of new characters.

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Game 62: Mavs vs. Pelicans

With a three-game road trip on the West Coast looming, the Dallas Mavericks know they can’t afford another slip-up on their home floor if they hope to keep pace in the heated Western Conference playoff race.

Falling to a 104-87 defeat on the road Wednesday at Atlanta before also sliding to a 104-94 loss at home on Saturday to the Brooklyn Nets, the Mavericks (39-21) now sit in the sixth position in the West standings. However, despite seizing two of the previous three matchups in the season series, the Mavs fully expect to have their hands full Monday night as the New Orleans Pelicans come to town for a Southwest Division showdown.

And after taking the court without starting small forward Chandler Parsons (sprained left ankle) for the last four games and first-string Tyson Chandler (left hip contusion) for the previous two outings, the Mavericks hope to be nearing full strength while trying to take the season series over the Pelicans (32-27).

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Game 61: Mavs vs. Nets

With the one-game suspension of starting point guard Rajon Rondo now behind them and their injury situation expected to soon improve, the Dallas Mavericks hope to begin building momentum towards the postseason.

Following a verbal exchange between Rondo and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle during Tuesday’s 99-92 win at home over Toronto, the four-time All-Star floor general was suspended one game due to conduct detrimental to the team. The Mavericks (39-21) then took the court shorthanded Wednesday night in Atlanta against the Eastern Conference-best Hawks, leading by as many as 14 before eventually falling to a 104-87 defeat after playing without Rondo, starting center Tyson Chandler (hip contusion), newcomer Chandler Parsons (sprained left ankle) and mid-season addition Amar’e Stoudemire (rest).

The Mavs will now try to move forward from the incident Saturday night at home, looking to shift their focus to replicating a 96-88 overtime win in Brooklyn on Jan. 5 as the Nets (23-33) come to town. And with Rondo expected to be in back in the starting lineup, the Mavericks will attempt to begin their 22-game sprint to close the regular season with a win.

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Rajon Rondo, Mavs look to move past suspension to focus on playoff push

Returning to the practice court Friday, four-time All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo was ready to put the circumstances that led to his one-game suspension behind him following a verbal exchange with Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.

After an exchange of words on the court during the second half of Tuesday’s 99-92 win over Toronto, Rondo was suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team. And after watching from his hotel room before joining the Mavericks (39-21) on the team plane following a 104-87 loss Wednesday at Atlanta, Rondo returned to the hardwood with his focus on helping to engineer the squad to the playoffs over the course of the final 22 games of the regular season.

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Mavs, American Airlines Center partner to ‘ELEVATE’ customer service

American Airlines Center Operating Company (COC), a joint venture between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi, has an ongoing commitment to its employees to exceed expectations and create memorable experiences together by uniting and empowering people. Part of this commitment includes ongoing training for staff as well as competitive pay.

This month, all American Airlines Center staff, including part-time staff from concessions, housekeeping, customer service, food services and merchandise joined the staff from the Dallas Mavericks for Disney ELEVATE, a customer service program to improve the fan experience in the arena. The initiative is put on by Disney Institute, the professional training and external consulting division of The Walt Disney Company and provides business solutions based on the efforts of companies worldwide with the goal of enhancing their customer service experience.

The effort has and will engage everyone, at entry level to upper management, so that the staff can intentionally deliver the best service culture consistently, every day, with every encounter.

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Mavs locking it down on the defensive end

For many years, critics called this team the “Allas” Mavericks because they played no “D.” Well, if that’s the case, this team has all of a sudden become the DDDDDDallas Mavericks.

Going back to Feb. 5, the day the Mavs beat the Kings on the road 101-78, Dallas boasts the No. 1 defense in the NBA. Their 93.8 defensive rating is tops in the league, and during that stretch the club has won six of its eight games, with wins against Portland, Houston, and Toronto.

It’s difficult to find just one thing to attribute the team’s defensive success to. One particular player hasn’t experienced a huge increase in minutes during that stretch — not even Al-Farouq Aminu, who along with Tyson Chandler has played terrific defense all season long. Rajon Rondo even missed some of those eight games, and his defense has been among the best in the league since joining the Mavericks.

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Game 60: Mavs at Hawks

After rallying from a double-digit hole to conclude their unbeaten three-game homestand against the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors, things don’t get any easier for the Dallas Mavericks.

Looking to build on three straight wins on their home floor, the Mavericks (39-20) will now attempt to carry the momentum of Tuesday’s 99-92 victory over Toronto into a rematch with the Eastern Conference-best Atlanta Hawks. And despite entering Philips Arena on the second night of a back-to-back, the Mavs will try to muster up enough energy to avenge a 105-102 home loss at the hands of the Hawks (44-12) back on Dec. 22.

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Game 59: Mavs vs. Raptors

After receiving a boost from the debut of recently-signed big man Amar’e Stoudemire, the Dallas Mavericks will attempt to conclude their three-game homestand Tuesday night with a signature victory against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Looking to replicate a 106-102 road win back on Nov. 28, the Mavericks (38-20) will now try to sweep the season series against the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors before concluding a back-to-back Wednesday in Atlanta. And after capturing double-digit wins over Houston and Charlotte on their home floor, the Mavs will attempt to keep the momentum going in order to surge up the Western Conference standings.

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