The Best NBA Teams to Never Win an NBA Title

19. 2005-06 Dallas Mavericks

Record and standing: 60-22, 2nd in Southwest Division
Hall Of Famer(s): Dirk Nowitzki
Scoring leader: Dirk Nowitzki (26.6 PPG)
Rebounds leader: Dirk Nowitzki (9.0 RPG)
Assists leader: Jason Terry (3.8 APG)
Round eliminated: NBA Finals

Most will remember the 2005-06 Mavericks for the gut-wrenching way in which they lost in the Finals—coughing up a 2-0 series lead and falling to Dwyane Wade and the Heat in six games—but this was a very good team that had a great season leading up to that unceremonious ending. With Dirk Nowitzki in top form and getting strong contributions from Josh Howard and Jason Terry, the Mavs were strong on both ends of the floor as they finished in the top 10 in the NBA in both points scored and points allowed. They showed the kind of late-game chops befitting of a champion as well, beating the No. 1-seeded Spurs in overtime of Game 7 in the Western Conference Semifinals and topping the Suns in a series where all but one game was won by single digits.

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