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With their win tonight over the Clippers the Mavs clinched the best record in the Western Conference, the number one seed, home court throughout the playoffs, and the best record in the NBA -- all firsts in franchise history.

Earlier this year, the Mavs reached win 61, the best in franchise history, after just 72 games.

They clinched their first Southwest Division title in franchise history with nine games remaining.

With just two wins in the last five games, Dallas will finish the regular season with one of the ten best records in the history of the NBA.

There are going to be people who say none of this matters, only a championship trophy means something. That's true in principle, and I'm sure all the players would echo that sentiment. Still, I don't think it should be played down too much or rendered entirely meaningless. After all, if the regular season truly didn't matter then nobody would play the games. That of course isn't true. The Mavs played their regular season and they played it at a historically good level. So it may not matter to some, but it matters to me. I'm glad I got to watch.