It was the year that almost was for the Mavericks. They finally broke through as Western Conference champion after years of knocking on the door, only to lose to Miami in the Finals in heartbreaking fashion. Three of the four defeats went down to the last possession, and the Game 5 overtime defeat in particular left a sting due to the controversial whistles.
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