GOLDEN STATE vs. DALLAS (2007)
Looking at the matchups gave Don Nelson pause before the series, knowing he could win it given the right execution. Despite Dirk‘s huge MVP season, and the fact the Warriors were 25 games behind the Mavericks to finish the season, there was another matchup no one accounted for: Oracle Arena. Just how most wouldn’t have seen the upset coming, there wasn’t much precedent for Oracle’s crazy fans — the team was just 14th of 30 in attendance all season. But given a playoff atmosphere and a yellow T-shirt, the place went nuts: Golden State won each home game in the series by an average of 15.6 points per.
The W’s won 4-2 by thanks to Baron Davis: 25.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the playoffs on 51 percent shooting. The first round was like he turned all the sliders in his favor like a video game. The capper, however, was Stephen Jackson‘s 7-of-8 night on three-pointers in Game 6. An 18-0 run by the W’s blew this open to a 25-point win and a piece of playoff history.