Round: Western Conference first round
Series record: Warriors 4-Mavericks 2
This was the first time in NBA history that an No. 8 seed upset a No. 1 seed in a seven-game playoff format. A No. 1 seed that had been in the NBA Finals the previous year, had the presumptive NBA MVP, and had won 25-more regular season games than that No. 8 seed, no less. This shouldn't have been a contest. Dirk and the gang won a franchise record 67 games that year, while the Warriors needed to win nine of their final 10 games just to make the playoffs. But therein lies the trap—arguably the NBA's hottest team was rolling into the playoffs as an No. 8 seed with nothing to lose against the defending Western Conference champs.
Baron Davis led the charge against the Mavs, averaging an Oscar-esque 25.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 5.7 APG, including an absurd 33-point, 14 rebound, eight assist Game 1. In the close-out Game 6 at Oracle Arena, the Warriors put on a show for a recharged fan base. Stephen Jackson hit seven three-pointers, and Matt Barnes threw up a 16, 11, and 7 line while Baron Davis (at that point carrying a hamstring injury) put up another double-double.
What's quickly forgotten though, is how cold Dirk Nowitzki was during that series. He's righted every wrong by winning one title, but he laid an epic egg that series, shooting 38 percent from the field, making the same amount of three-pointers (4) as MICKAEL PIETRUS.
The Warriors outright won this series because their best player got hot and the rest of the team bought in, but the Mav's MVP having one of his worst six game stretches never helped the cause. The Jazz would go on to beat the Warriors in the following round.