BASKETBALL - The NBA defending champions Dallas Mavericks were dethroned in the most unceremonious of manners as they suffered a 4-0 sweep at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. They became only the fifth titleholders to crash out in the first round of the NBA postseason, in the year of their title defense.
Defending NBA champions knocked out in 1st Round of NBA Playoffs
2012 - Dallas Mavericks (Eliminated 4-0 by Oklahama City Thunder)
2007 - Miami Heat (Eliminated 4-0 by Chicago Bulls)
2000 - San Antonio Spurs (Eliminated 3-1 by Phoenix Suns)
1984 - Philadelphia 76ers (Eliminated 3-2 by New Jersey Nets)
1981 - Los Angeles Lakers (Eliminated 2-1 by Houston Rockets)