At times, the American Airlines Center was as loud Wednesday night as it was at any point during the Mavericks' run to a league title last season. And that was before the game even started.

Prior to tip-off, the Mavs received their pricey diamond-encrusted rings as a symbol of their 2011 NBA championship. And while the sold out crowd of 20,150 did their best to give the players chills as their names were called off, many were gone by the time the final horn sounded during a surprising 105-90 loss to the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.