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2002–03 Dallas Mavericks season

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2002–03 Dallas Mavericks season
Head coach Don Nelson
Owner(s) Mark Cuban
Arena American Airlines Center
Results
Record 60–22 (.732)
Place Division: 2nd (Midwest)
Conference: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish West Conference Finals
(Lost to Spurs 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Net Southwest, KTXA, KTVT
< 2001–02 2003–04 >

The 2002–03 NBA season was the Mavericks' 23rd season in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the offseason, the Mavericks signed free agent Walt Williams. The Mavericks started the season strong by winning their first fourteen games of the season, which was one win shy of tying the NBA record set by the 1948–49 Washington Capitols and the 1993–94 Houston Rockets (15–0).[2] They later finished with a 60–22 record and lost the tiebreaker with the Spurs for the Midwest Division title. Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash were both selected to play in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game. It was the second straight All-Star appearance for both players.

The Mavericks defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in a tough seven game first round. Although they lost Game 1 at home against the Sacramento Kings in the next round, they came back to win Game 2, where Kings captain Chris Webber suffered a season-ending injury. It would be the Nick Van Exel show as he scored 36 points to tie the series 1–1. In Game 3 at the ARCO Arena, Van Exel scored a career and playoff-high 40 points to help the Mavericks take the series 2–1. Dallas defeated the Kings in seven games, to advance to the Conference Finals where they met their in-state rival, the San Antonio Spurs. Losing Nowitzki to a knee injury in Game 3, the Mavericks would go on to lose the series in six games. San Antonio won its second NBA Championship defeating the New Jersey Nets in the Finals. Following the season, Van Exel was traded to the Golden State Warriors, Raef LaFrentz was traded to the Boston Celtics and Williams retired.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 54 Mladen Šekularac SF  Montenegro

Roster[edit]

Dallas Mavericks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G/F 9 France Abdul-Wahad, Tariq 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 223 lb (101 kg) San José State
G 11 United States Virgin Islands Bell, Raja 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 204 lb (93 kg) Florida International
C 44 Germany Bradley, Shawn 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 235 lb (107 kg) BYU
C 42 United States Eschmeyer, Evan 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Northwestern
G/F 4 United States Finley, Michael 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Wisconsin
G/F 7 United States Griffin, Adrian 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 217 lb (98 kg) Seton Hall
G 6 United States Johnson, Avery 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Southern
F 54 United States Jones, Popeye Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Murray State
F/C 45 United States LaFrentz, Raef 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Kansas
F 14 Mexico Nájera, Eduardo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Oklahoma
PG 13 Canada Nash, Steve 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Santa Clara
F/C 41 Germany Nowitzki, Dirk 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Germany
G 17 France Rigaudeau, Antoine Injured 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) France
G 31 United States Van Exel, Nick 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Cincinnati
F 43 United States Williams, Walt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 219 lb (99 kg) Maryland
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions

Note[edit]

Bold = All-Star selection

Roster Notes[edit]

  • Shawn Bradley also holds American citizenship, but he played for the German national team and was born in Germany.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 60 22 .732 33–8 27–14 17–7
x-Dallas Mavericks 60 22 .732 33–8 27–14 18–6
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 51 31 .622 9 33–8 18–23 15–9
x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 13 29–12 18–23 15–9
Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 17 28–13 15–26 11–13
Memphis Grizzlies 28 54 .341 32 20–21 8–33 5–17
Denver Nuggets 17 65 .207 43 13–28 4–37 3–21
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 60 22 .732
2 y-Sacramento Kings 59 23 .720 1
3 x-Dallas Mavericks 60 22 .732
4 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 51 31 .622 9
5 x-Los Angeles Lakers 50 32 .610 10
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 10
7 x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 13
8 x-Phoenix Suns 44 38 .537 16
9 Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 17
10 Seattle SuperSonics 40 42 .488 20
11 Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 22
12 Memphis Grizzlies 28 54 .341 32
13 Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 33
14 Denver Nuggets 17 65 .207 43


z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

2002-03 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOH NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 0–3 2–2 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–0 2–2 4–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 1–3 3–1 4–0 3–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–3
Chicago 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–3
Cleveland 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–4
Dallas 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–0
Denver 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–1 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–4 1–1
Detroit 3–1 2–2 4–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1
Golden State 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 4–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–0
Houston 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–4 4–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–1
Indiana 2–2 2–2 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–2
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–1
Memphis 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–4 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–4 2–0 2–0 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–1
Miami 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–4 0–4 2–2 0–4 0–4 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0 0–2 1–3
Milwaukee 2–2 2–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–1
Minnesota 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–0
New Jersey 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 0–2 3–1
New Orleans 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–1
New York 3–1 0–4 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–2
Orlando 1–2 2–3 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–2
Philadelphia 1–3 2–2 3–1 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 4–0
Phoenix 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–1
Portland 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–0 1–3 1–1
Sacramento 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–0
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 1–1
Seattle 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–0 2–2 1–1
Toronto 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1
Utah 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1
Washington 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–2 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1

Game log[edit]

2002–03 game log
Total: 60–22 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
2002–03 schedule

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(3) Dallas Mavericks vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Western Conference First Round (Portland won 3-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(POR-DAL)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 April 19 Portland 86 Dallas 96 0–1 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT 8:00 EDT/7:00CT Recap
2 April 23 Portland 99 Dallas 103 0–2 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
3 April 25 Dallas 115 Portland 103 0–3 Rose Garden, Portland ESPN 10:30 EDT/7:30PT Recap
4 April 27 Dallas 79 Portland 98 1–3 Rose Garden, Portland TNT 8:00 EDT/7:00PT Recap
5 April 30 Portland 103 Dallas 99 2–3 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT 8:00 EDT/7:00CT Recap
6 May 2 Dallas 103 Portland 125 3–3 Rose Garden, Portland ESPN 10:30 EDT/7:30PT Recap
7 May 4 Portland 95 Dallas 107 3–4 American Airlines Center, Dallas ABC 3:30 EDT/2:30CT Recap
Dallas wins series 4–3

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Sacramento Kings vs. (3) Dallas Mavericks Last Playoff Meeting: 2002 Western Conference Semifinals (Sacramento won 4-1)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SAC-DAL)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 May 6 Sacramento 124 Dallas 113 1-0 American Airlines Center, Dallas ESPN 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
2 May 8 Sacramento 110 Dallas 132 1–1 American Airlines Center, Dallas ESPN 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
3** May 10 Dallas 141 Sacramento 137 1–2 ARCO Arena, Sacramento ESPN 9:30 EDT/6:30PT Recap
4 May 11 Dallas 83 Sacramento 99 2–2 ARCO Arena, Sacramento TNT 10:30 EDT/7:30PT Recap
5 May 13 Sacramento 93 Dallas 112 2–3 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
6 May 15 Dallas 109 Sacramento 115 3–3 ARCO Arena, Sacramento TNT 10:30 EDT/7:30PT Recap
7 May 17 Sacramento 99 Dallas 112 3–4 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT 8:30 EDT/7:30CT Recap
Dallas wins series 4–3

**Required double-overtime.

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Dallas Mavericks Last Playoff Meeting: 2001 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-1)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(DAL-SAS)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 May 19 Dallas 113 San Antonio 110 1-0 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 9:00 EDT/8:00CT Recap
2 May 21 Dallas 106 San Antonio 119 1–1 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 8:30 EDT/7:30CT Recap
3 May 23 San Antonio 96 Dallas 83 1–2 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT 9:00 EDT/8:00CT Recap
4 May 25 San Antonio 102 Dallas 95 1–3 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT 9:00 EDT/8:00CT Recap
5 May 27 Dallas 103 San Antonio 91 2–3 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 9:00 EDT/8:00CT Recap
6 May 29 San Antonio 90 Dallas 78 2–4 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT 9:00 EDT/8:00CT Recap
San Antonio wins Western Conference Championship series 4–2

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Tariq Abdul-Wahad 14 0 14.6 .466 .000 .500 2.9 1.5 .4 .2 4.1
Raja Bell 75 32 15.6 .441 .412 .676 1.9 .8 .7 .1 3.1
Shawn Bradley 81 39 21.4 .536 .000 .806 5.9 .7 .8 2.1 6.7
Evan Eschmeyer 17 3 7.9 .368 . .750 1.7 .4 .6 .4 1.0
Michael Finley 69 69 38.3 .425 .370 .861 5.8 3.0 1.1 .3 19.3
Adrian Griffin 74 48 18.6 .433 .250 .844 3.6 1.4 1.0 .1 4.4
Adam Harrington 13 0 2.8 .235 .333 1.000 .2 .2 .1 .1 .8
Avery Johnson 48 0 9.0 .420 .000 .769 .6 1.3 .3 .0 3.3
Popeye Jones 26 0 8.5 .387 . .455 2.3 .3 .2 .0 2.0
Raef LaFrentz 69 43 23.3 .518 .405 .682 4.8 .8 .5 1.3 9.3
Eduardo Nájera 48 12 23.0 .558 .000 .681 4.6 1.0 .8 .5 6.7
Steve Nash 82 82 33.1 .465 .413 .909 2.9 7.3 1.0 .1 17.7
Dirk Nowitzki 80 80 39.0 .463 .379 .881 9.9 3.0 1.4 1.0 25.1
Antoine Rigaudeau 11 0 8.3 .229 .200 . .7 .5 .3 .0 1.5
Mark Strickland 4 0 3.3 .400 . . 1.8 .0 .0 .0 1.0
Nick Van Exel 73 1 27.8 .412 .378 .764 2.8 4.3 .6 .1 12.5
Walt Williams 66 1 17.6 .393 .374 .620 3.1 .9 .6 .4 5.5

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Tariq Abdul-Wahad 8 0 9.9 .300 .000 .875 2.8 .9 .0 .0 3.1
Raja Bell 17 7 17.9 .548 .462 .550 3.0 1.6 .3 .0 5.7
Shawn Bradley 17 7 14.5 .400 .000 .750 3.8 .3 .2 .8 2.9
Evan Eschmeyer 5 0 6.4 .500 . . 1.0 .4 .6 .2 1.2
Michael Finley 20 20 41.1 .435 .412 .864 5.8 3.0 1.3 .6 18.3
Adrian Griffin 15 2 8.7 .415 .333 1.000 2.9 .5 .3 .0 2.5
Raef LaFrentz 20 16 24.6 .433 .200 .842 4.4 .3 .6 2.2 8.0
Eduardo Nájera 19 5 20.7 .453 . .792 3.9 .8 .7 .2 6.1
Steve Nash 20 20 36.5 .447 .487 .873 3.5 7.3 .9 .1 16.1
Dirk Nowitzki 17 17 42.5 .479 .443 .912 11.5 2.2 1.2 .9 25.3
Nick Van Exel 20 3 33.6 .460 .393 .703 3.4 4.1 .6 .0 19.5
Walt Williams 15 3 15.1 .395 .341 1.000 2.9 1.0 .3 .8 5.7

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Players Added

Via draft

Via trade

Via free agency

Players Lost

Via trade

Via free agency


Date From To Transaction
9/20/02 WAS DAL The Dallas Mavericks signed Popeye Jones as a free agent.
10/1/02 PHI DAL The Dallas Mavericks signed Raja Bell as a free agent.
10/10/02 N/A DAL The Dallas Mavericks signed Adam Harrington as a free agent.
10/18/02 HOU DAL The Dallas Mavericks signed Walt Williams as a free agent.
11/17/02 ATL DAL The Dallas Mavericks signed Mark Strickland as a free agent.
1/17/03 N/A DAL The Dallas Mavericks signed Antoine Rigaudeau as a free agent.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2002-03 Dallas Mavericks". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Finley's Shooting Puts Dallas at 14-0". Los Angeles Times. November 28, 2002. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ "2002-03 NBA Transactions | Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-27.