Erik Spoelstra: Neither team deserved it more

June, 12, 2011
6/12/11
11:32
PM CT

MIAMI -- Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra congratulated the Dallas Mavericks for winning the NBA title on Sunday night but said something a little strange in doing so.

"Neither team deserved this championship more than the other," Spoelstra said. "But Dallas earned it, and they should be congratulated. When it was time for them to make tough plays and make big baskets in crunch time when they needed it, they did. We had opportunities."

The Heat blew a 15-point lead and lost to the Mavericks in Game 2, which evened the series, and then lost an elimination game at home on Sunday night.

"One day we'll probably be able to look back on this, sometime this summer, when the emptiness and the pain leaves, and we'll feel better about what happened," Spoelstra said. "It's a special group. A lot of guys sacrificed to make this happen. It was unfortunate we just came up short."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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