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The Mavs won a championship because Dirk Nowitzki proved he was one of the NBA's best closers, Shawn Marion played great defense, Jason Terry hit a bevy of clutch buckets and Jason Kidd provided leadership.
They were the ultimate team -- a group of guys who played beautiful basketball -- and every move Carlisle made seemingly worked.
Those Mavs would blow out these Mavs.
Look at the collection of players on this team -- an aging Dirk, who scored a season-high 33 points against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night -- is the only player resembling a star.