With a 131-113 win over the Detroit Piston Wednesday night, the Dallas Mavericks clinched the first 50-win season since 2015.

It’s a monumental moment because it speaks to the improvement Jason Kidd has brought to a previously stagnant franchise. With two games left, the Mavericks are 50-30.

“If we are healthy, we believe that we can compete with everybody,” Kidd said after the game. “it’s a great accomplishment. We play offensively and defensively together, and we help each other. It’s not easy for one person to win 50 games. It takes a team. And that’s what we are about.”

50 wins achieved means Dallas is closing in on homecourt advantage in the playoffs, something Kidd has been reluctant to discuss at length. He wants to focus on the games in front of the team. So all Kidd is focused on is beating Portland on Friday and San Antonio on Sunday. Only after then will he be willing to talk about the playoffs.

But as it stands now, you can’t help but noticed how Dallas is playing its best basketball since the championship season in 2011.

It’s now logged the highest win total in seven years. And typically, 50-win teams win the first-round series, which is something Dallas hasn’t done in a decade.

The future is now in Dallas. And you can look at the team’s 50-win record as proof of that. Against Milwaukee, Dallas provided a glimpse at what its brand of playoff basketball looks like. With Luka Doncic carving the Bucks’ defense with ease and forcing corner 3-pointers. Now, a win over Detroit in blowout fashion provides confidence for a group that is ready to climb the summit of the NBA Playoffs.

“We want to win,” Josh Green said after the game. “We are going to do what we do, and we are going to win.”

It’s a numbers game 

Doncic scored 26 points and dished out 14 assists. Nights like Wednesday just showcased how good he’s been since January.

What has changed is he is knocking down open 3-point shots and not taking any names. Since January 19, he’s made 124 3-pointers, which is the most in the league in that time frame. But Doncic isn’t proud of his play. He’s proud of the way his team has responded since starting the season slowly.

“I am just proud of how we responded this season,” Doncic said. “We started slow, but the season is 82 games. That’s how we’ve played, and we are playing great.”

With homecourt all but secured, the playoffs are in sight and Dallas is playing its best ball yet. That wasn’t by accident — it was by design.

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