Facts and figures: Mavs vs. Thunder

From the Elias Sports Bureau:

* The Mavericks are appearing in the postseason for the 12th consecutive season. Only one other team has reached the playoffs in each season since 2000-01: San Antonio.

* The Mavericks enter the 2012 playoffs as the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Since the NBA instituted the current playoff format in 1983-84, only one other defending champion was seeded as low as seventh in the postseason: the 1998-99 Bulls, who did not make the playoffs after winning the title the previous season.

* Dirk Nowitzki shot .434 from 3-point range after the All-Star break after posting a .278 three-point percentage prior to the break. That .156 increase in 3-point field-goal percentage from before to after the All-Star break was the second highest for any player in the league this season (minimum: 75 attempts in each category), behind Wesley Johnson (+ .190).

* Nowitzki averaged 32.2 points and shot .557 from the field and .967 from the line in the Mavericks’ Western Conference finals series victory over the Thunder last season. Nowitzki became just the third player to average 30+ points per game and make at least 55 percent of his field goal attempts and at least 90 percent of his free throw attempts in a playoff series (min: five games). The others are Michael Jordan (1st round in 1988) and Larry Bird (conference semis in 1984).

* Jason Kidd will be appearing in the playoffs for the 16th consecutive season. Only four other players in NBA history have appeared in a playoff game in at least 16 straight seasons: John Stockton (19 straight), Karl Malone (19), Robert Horry (16) and Scottie Pippen (16).

* Kidd needs eight more rebounds to reach 1,000 for his career in playoff games. That would make him one of five players with at least 1,000 points, rebounds and assists in the playoffs, joining Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

* The Thunder have defeated the defending NBA champion in a playoff series three times in their franchise history. The then Seattle SuperSonics defeated the defending champ Trail Blazers in the conference semifinals in 1978, Washington in the NBA Finals in 1979 and swept Houston in the conference semis in 1996.

* Thunder forward Serge Ibaka registered 10 or more blocked shots in three games during the regular season, including once against Dallas. Even with the shortened schedule, that was the most such games for any player in a single season since Shawn Bradley had five games with double-digits in blocked shots in 1996-97.

* Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka each started all of Oklahoma City’s 66 games. No other team in the league had as many as three players start all of its games this season.

* The Mavericks were 0-12 on the road against teams that finished the season with a .600-or-better winning percentage this season. Only three other teams in the league did not win a road game against a .600+ team: New Orleans (0-12), Charlotte (0-10) and Detroit (0-10).

* The Mavericks lost their final two games of the season, both by 10 or more points. Only one team in NBA history has gone on to win an NBA title after losing its final two games of the regular season, both by double-digits: San Antonio in 2006-07.

* The Mavericks shot only .424 from the field as a team in the second half of games during the regular season. Only two teams in the league had a lower second-half field-goal percentage than Dallas this season: Charlotte (.406) and Cleveland (.417).