MIAMI -- In the waning moments of the Dallas Mavericks' championship-clinching victory Sunday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, a chant of "Lets Go Mavs" took flight and grew louder and louder.
Then, disappointed Miami Heat fans, those who hadn't headed for the exits of the Mavs' 105-95 victory in decisive Game 6, drowned out the visitors with a "Lets Go Heat" chant.
Mavs fans took their talents to South Beach in force and showed up at the Heat's home court decked in Dallas gear, including the royal blue "The Time is Now" shirts the team handed out at home games. With most Miami fans wearing white shirts -- even though it was not an official "White Out" game -- Mavs fans were easy to spot, and throughout the game, easy to hear.
Afterward, Mavs owner Mark Cuban emphatically thanked his long-suffering fans, especially those that made the trek to Miami.
"I'm also happy for our fans because our fans just punked the hell out of the Miami fans," Cuban said. "We beat the Heat, the Heat were a great team, they'll be here a long time, and I'm proud of what we accomplished and I'm excited for our guys. But, I'm also excited for our fans because I have never ever, ever, ever seen an arena where the visiting team in a Finals is making more noise than the home team and I'm proud of fans."
Mavs fans, friends and family crowded around the court during the trophy presentation, cheering and screaming congratulations to the players on the high-risers set up where players, coaches and Cuban passed around the Larry O'Brien trophy.
Dirk Nowitzki, who held up the Finals MVP trophy after averaging 26.0 points and 9.7 rebounds, also thanked the fans that have stuck with him through 13 seasons, and in particular the dark times of the last five postseasons.
"This is also for the Mavs fans, who have been through a lot of disappointments with me over the last couple of years," Nowitzki said. "And they always stuck with me and kept supporting us. And the gym was always full in Dallas during the regular season. This is for them."