The Mavericks where guided by Don Nelson, in his 25th year as a head coach,
to their 60-22 record. Nellie
has led Dallas to a better record in each of the last four seasons. Only seven other coaches in NBA history
have ever accomplished this amazing feat. Nellie has led teams to 50 win seasons 12 times and now has
coached two teams to 60 win seasons. Nellie was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month in
Along with the guidance of Don Nelson, the
Mavericks "Big Three" of
Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash and Michael
Finley combined once again for a powerful punch. Dirk joined Mark Aguirre as the only Maverick to score
2,000 points or more in a single season. While scoring his 2,011 points, Nowitzki continued to show his
versatility ranking first on the team in points (25.1), rebounds (9.9) and steals (1.35) as well as averaging 39
minutes per game. Nowitzki has improved each year with the Mavericks as he has increased his scoring
average over each of the last five seasons.
Steve Nash continued to prove why he is one of the top point guards in the
NBA by ranking as the team's third
leading scorer (17.7 ppg) and the top assist man with 7.3 apg. This season he recorded career highs in free
throws made and attempted, free throw percentage, steals and total blocks. Nash set a franchise record by
making an unbelievable 49 free throws in a row. That mark surpassed current player development coach,
Rolando Blackman's record of 45 consecutive free throws.
The third member of the "Big Three" Michael
Finley played outstanding basketball for the Mavericks during the
2002-03 season. The two-time All-Star reached the 10,000 point mark for his Maverick career and became
the fourth all-time leading scorer in Mavericks history. Finley averaged 19.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 3.0 apg and
played an incredible 38.3 mpg. Finley also set career highs in points (42), rebounds (15), three pointers
made (7), free throws made (15) and attempted (17).
Nowitzki, Nash and Finley were all named November's Western Conference Player
of the Month for the
impressive numbers they accumulated. Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki were both once again named to the
2002 NBA Western Conference All-Star team for the second consecutive season.
The excitement of the 2002-03 season spread throughout the Metroplex and
interest in the Mavericks reached
new heights. The Mavs recorded a franchise-record 41 regular season sellouts and it was the first time in
Mavs history that all homes games were sold out. The Mavericks have now sold out American Airlines Center
for 71 consecutive regular season games dating back to the 2001-02 season.
With the new expectations and goals, the Mavericks look poised to make a
run for the Championship in