The Dallas Mavericks were one of those unfortunate NBA franchises that had never won a championship ... until Sunday. The Mavericks knocked off the Miami Heat in six games, completing the deed in a 105-95 victory in South Beach on Sunday. That win gave the Mavericks their first title ever, taking the team of the list non-title franchises.
Dallas became the 16th different franchise with a banner in the NBA; famously, very few franchises -- the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics -- have claimed the past 20 titles. The Mavericks also become just the seventh Western Conference team to claim a title.
The Sacramento Kings have the longest NBA Championship drought at 60 years; the Kings won the 1951 title as the Rochester Royals. The Phoenix Suns hold the record for longest existence with a title at 43 years; this was the Mavericks' 31st season. The Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, L.A. Clippers, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets each have more than 30 seasons in the NBA but no titles.