Round: Western Conference Semifinals
Dates: May 7-May 22
Winner: Mavericks, 4-3
Somehow two 60-win teams ended up staring each other down in the second round. The Mavericks jumped out to a 3-1 lead over San Antonio, but Bruce Bowen's clutch defense of Dirk Nowitzki saved the Spurs' chances in Game 5 and Manu Ginobili's 30 points in Game 6 led to a seventh game in San Antonio we all expected the Spurs to win.
Intent on playing the spoiler, Dallas seized a 20-point lead, but somehow still found themselves playing catch up until Dirk's and-one with seconds remaining sent it to overtime. His heroics continued in the extra frame and Dallas pulled off the upset and avoided an epic collapse at the same time.