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Take Solace Mavs Fans

John Hollinger says last years Mavs were the 32nd best team to appear in the NBA Finals!

The Mavs were one of only six runners-up to have a 60-win season; of those, only they and the '85 Celtics weren't felled by Michael Jordan. That puts them into the upper tier of runners-up, especially since they had the fourth-best playoff victory margin of the bunch.

In fact, Dallas nearly outrated Miami even with the 15-point bonus given to champions; the rest of their season was that much better than the Heat's. Unfortunately, the controversial overtime loss in Game 5 may have nixed the Nowitzki gang's best shot at a championship.