Rapid Reaction: Mavericks win NBA title
June, 12, 2011
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
How it happened: Dirk Nowitzki, with a whole lot of help from his supporting cast, finished the job against the star-studded Miami Heat, 105-95, to capture the NBA title.
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Jason Terry, Nowitzki’s lone teammate remaining from the 2006 NBA Finals failure, made sure the Mavericks could survive an off night from their superstar. Terry scored a game-high 27 points, 19 of which came while Nowitzki missed 11 of his 12 field goal attempts in the first half.
Miami's big three -- LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh -- combined for 57 points. But that wasn't nearly enough to stop the Mavs from celebrating in Miami.
What it means: Five years after one was planned, there will finally be a championship parade in downtown Dallas. The Mavericks avenged their ‘06 Finals flop by knocking out the Heat on Miami’s home floor.
Play of the game: Dirk delivered the dagger with 2:27 to play. After bumping chests with Chris Bosh, Nowitzki knocked down a midrange fadeaway from the left baseline to bump the Mavs’ lead back to double digits.
Stat of the night: Nowitzki and Jason Kidd became the sixth players in NBA history to win their first championship after making at least 10 All-Star appearances. The others are Jerry West, Kevin Garnett, Oscar Robertson and Elvin Hayes.