Mavs clinch playoff spot to end 3-year drought

The Dallas Mavericks‘ playoff drought will end after three seasons.

The Mavs officially clinched a playoff berth due to the Memphis Grizzlies‘ 108-106 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday afternoon.

The Mavs will finish no lower than seventh in the Western Conference standings.

“It’s important,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said before the Mavs’ game against the Phoenix Suns. “We’re certainly happy about it. We certainly would have loved to have won the other night and have gotten in on a win, but tonight we have another opportunity. To be in and be assured of the seventh position is good, but we came here to move up.”