Updated: June 12, 2011, 11:43 PM ET
LeBron James 9-15 FG | 1-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 21 PTS | -24
GRADEC

The Heat needed LeBron to be great. He was OK. James made some jump shots early and was useful as a facilitator throughout the game, but he was far, far too passive on both ends of the floor when he desperately needed to show a sense of urgency. This is a series that will haunt LeBron until he does win a ring.

Dwyane Wade 6-16 FG | 5-7 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | +3
GRADEC-

Wade had carried the Heat throughout the Finals, but he finally seemed to run out of gas on Sunday. Wade tried to be aggressive, but he was out of control and had far too many forced shots and turnovers en route to a less-than-memorable final game of the season.

Chris Bosh 7-9 FG | 5-7 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 19 PTS | +4
GRADEA-

The Big Three member who many expected to shrink in big games was ultra-efficient in Game 6, working off of James and Wade beautifully on both pick-and-pops and pick-and-rolls. Bosh provided all the support James and Wade should have needed to force a Game 7, but the superstars were unable to get it done for him.

The Season
GRADEA-

It didn't end the way Miami wanted it to, but the Heat accomplished a lot in the first year of the Big Three era. They beat the Celtics, beat the Bulls and put the team that swept the Lakers on the ropes. However, all of that seems very easy to forget after the Heat essentially choked away a prime opportunity to win a championship. It was a good season, but that's a big minus next to the A.

Dallas Mavericks
GRADEA+

Say hello to your new NBA champions. A red-hot Jason Terry picked up the slack for a cold Dirk Nowitzki early, and the team made 3 after 3 while capitalizing on every one of Miami's mistakes to put away the championship in the second half. What a great series from a great team, and Nowitzki, Terry and Jason Kidd should all enjoy their long-awaited and well-deserved championship celebration.

Grades by John Krolik

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