Hundreds of Dallas Mavericks fans play giant game of knockout and win record

By Rachel Swatman
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The Largest game of basketball knockout ever took place on Sunday after the annual Fan Jam on AT&T Plaza of American Airlines Center, in Dallas, Texas, USA, when 701 MFFLs (Mavs Fan For Life) played the game in a successful attempt to achieve a Guinness World Records title for the Dallas Mavericks.
 
Often played to hone basketball skills, knockout is a game in which players line up behind a selected shooting point. Two players at a time each take a ball and try to shoot a free throw. If the player misses, they must grab the rebound and score as fast as possible.
When one player successfully scores, the other is out and the ball goes to the next person until there is only one person left standing.
 
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Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks motivated the fans before the game, saying: “We know there's a lot going on tonight … but we love our dedicated fans. We're going to break the record tonight!”
 
They knocked the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA (USA) off the top spot, the team who have held the record since October 2014 following a game involving 629 participants.
 
It took 27 rounds and over three hours to get to the final ten players in line.
 
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Official Guinness World Records adjudicator Alex Angert was on hand to check that the guidelines were followed, count the participants, and eventually announce the new record to the thrilled fans.
 
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Mavs commentator Mark Followill kicked off the record-breaking game, while DJ Joe Ramirez kept over 1,000 fans entertained with music.
 
For those who got knocked out, as well as family members and friends, FanDuel hosted the Mavs ManiAACs, Dancers, a bar and photobooth in the Fan Zone.
 
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