Round: Western Conference Quarterfinals
Dates: April 22-May 3
Winner: Warriors, 4-2
Fueled by the pain of their Finals loss, the Mavericks came back even stronger the following year with a league-leading 67 wins. Their first round matchup with the lowly Warriors should've been a breeze. Instead it was a matchup nightmare. Golden State's quickness ran circles around Dallas and a stellar defensive performance from Stephen Jackson stifled Nowitzki for much of the series
The Warriors would steal the opener in Dallas and three of the series first four games before burying the Mavericks comeback hopes with a 25-point Game 6 victory. Golden State became the first eighth seed to defeat a top seed in a seven game series and Dirk had to suffer the humiliation of accepting his MVP award at a press conference as the Playoffs rolled on.