Five Keys: Cavaliers at Mavericks

Key: Hall of a Matchup

At some point on Saturday night, we’ll see two certain future Hall of Famers – LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki – squaring off.

And while Dirk – taken 14 picks after Tyronn Lue in 1998 – is definitely in the twilight of his prolific career, LeBron is looking as dominant as ever.

Earlier this season – Nowitzki’s 20th – he played in his 1,400th career contest. Dirk has slowed down over his last three games, but notched double-figures in eight of Dallas’ first nine games. Among the last of a dying breed to play his entire career with the same team, the 13-time All-Star and 2007 MVP is the all-time franchise leader in games played, games started, minutes played, field goals made, 3-pointers made, free throws made, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and total rebounds.

LeBron is atop just as many Cavalier franchise marks, and he’s still got his sights set on some all-time NBA records.

He’s certainly on pace so far this season, netting at least 30 points in four of Cleveland’s five games in November – averaging 35.8 points on 62 percent shooting, an .879 mark from the stripe to go with 9.4 assists, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks so far this month.

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