Mavs raise banner before opener

Updated: December 25, 2011, 7:09 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The American Airlines Center filled up earlier than usual Sunday afternoon and the sellout crowd roared with approval as the Dallas Mavericks capped the 2010-11 championship, the franchise's first in 31 years, by raising the commemorative banner to the rafters.

Chants of "Let's go Mavs" started up 10 minutes prior to the ceremony as the Mavericks and their Christmas Day opponent, the Miami Heat, the star-studded team Dallas ousted in the NBA Finals six months ago, warmed up for ...

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