(Dallas's Shawn Marion dunks in game 6 of 2011 NBA finals)
*Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are NBA champions. They beat the Miami Heat’s heralded Big 3 LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh in the process. The championship is the first in the franchise’s history.
Jason Terry scored 27 points, Nowitzki added 21 and the Mavericks topped the Miami Heat 105-95 in Game 6 of the NBA finals on Sunday night. The Mavericks won four of the series’ last five games, a turnabout that could not have been sweeter after seeing the Heat celebrate their first title in Dallas after Game 6 of the 2006 finals.
James scored 21 for Miami, though was largely quiet after the opening minutes. Chris Bosh had 19, Mario Chalmers 18 and Dwyane Wade 17 for the Heat.
Dirk Nowitzki was named the finals MVP.
*Uh oh, it really is “now or never” for LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, driving for the go-ahead dunk with 2:45 remaining, and the Mavericks beat the Miami Heat 112-103 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead.
Five years after going up 2-0 on the Heat, the Mavs finally got that elusive third victory, and can wrap up their first championship in Game 6 at Miami on Sunday night.
“We didn’t want to go to Miami and give them basically two shots to close us out. So we kept plugging there in the fourth. So definitely a big win for us,” Nowitzki said. “And now we have to go down there and basically approach Sunday’s game as Game 7.”
James, who called this game “now or never,” responded from his worst playoff performance with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and Dwyane Wade battled through a sore left hip after a first-quarter collision to finish with 23 points.
“I could have made a couple of more plays for my team,” James said. “But at the end of the day, all it’s about is a win or a loss. Triple-double means absolutely nothing in a loss. So we will be better in Game 6 on Sunday.”
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Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki in game 4 of 2011 NBA finals against Miami
*Dirk Nowitzki fought through a sinus infection and everything else that ailed him and his team to power a 21-9 run over the final 10:12, lifting the Dallas Mavericks to a memorable 86-83 victory over the Miami Heat Tuesday night.
In the final period, Nowitzki scored 10 of his 21 points – including a driving right-handed layup that spun in off the backboard with 14.4 seconds left – and grabbed five of his 11 rebounds as Dallas pulled off its second stunning finish this series.
“Just battle it out,” Nowitzki said, sniffing throughout his postgame interview with his warm-up jacket zipped all the way up, still in his uniform instead of changing into street clothes like the NBA prefers. “This is the finals. You have to go out there and compete and try your best for your team. So that’s what I did.”
The Mavs avoided going down 3-1, a deficit no team has ever overcome in the finals, and guaranteed the series will return to Miami for a Game 6 on Sunday night.
Game 5 is Thursday night in Dallas, and Nowitzki says he’ll be ready.
“There’s no long term,” Nowitzki said. “I’ll be all right on Thursday. … Hopefully I’ll get some sleep tonight, take some meds and be ready to go on Thursday.”
Miami's Chris Bosh dunks in game 3 of 2011 NBA Finals
*After surviving a poke in the eye earlier in the game, Chris Bosh swished through a 16-foot, go-ahead jumper from the baseline with 39.6 seconds left, the Miami Heat held on for an 88-86 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the NBA finals.
“This is a total win,” said Dwyane Wade, who led Miami with 29 points and 11 rebounds. “You want to win the game on the defensive end of the floor and we got a stop.”
If history means anything, and it almost always does, winning game three all but assures that Miami will win the series. That’s because the Game 3 winner in a tied finals has won the championship all 11 times since the 2-3-2 format began in 1985.
The Heat now has the opportunity to create some déjà vu. How? By winning the championship in Dallas’s building just like they did in 2006. All they need to do is win the next two games.
“I feel like we did nothing but get home-court advantage back,” Wade said. “But the next game is a big game. We have to bring our hard hats, understanding it’s going to be tougher to win that game than it was to win this one. I believe in this team. If anyone can do it, I believe we can.”
(Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki's final score wins game 2 of the NBA Finals)
*Whoa! Look who won game 2 of the NBA Finals Thursday night between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. Well put it this way, it wasn’t Miami.
Dirk Nowitzki shook off an injury to his non-shooting hand and made a tie-breaking layup with 3.6 seconds left and the Mavericks came all the way back from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Heat 95-93 and tie the NBA finals at one game apiece.
“You can just sense it in us that we weren’t going to give up, we were going to be resilient,” Dallas guard Jason Terry said.
Nowitzki, the game hero … for Dallas … made two late baskets using his (non-shooting) left hand – despite a torn tendon on the middle finger. He finished with 24 points.
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Dallas' Peja Stojakovic and Miami's LeBron James
*As far as the 2011 NBA Finals between Miami and Dallas, it just might already be over. The Heat’s stifling defense and their ability to just completely choke opponents in the 4th quarter is proving to be a very potent winning formula
The plan was in effect Tuesday night in game one and Miami went on to win 92-84 over the Dallas Mavericks.
The Miami Heat are three wins from the reason why the Big Three came together in the first place.
LeBron James scored 24 points for his first win in five NBA finals games, Wade scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half and the Heat held the Western Conference champions to their lowest point total of the playoffs after a dominant defensive showing down the stretch.
“Feels good because it’s the first game and we played well as a team,” James said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. … That’s one in the books. We’re excited about this game. Tomorrow we prepare for Game 2, and I see ways we can get better.”
For Heat haters scarier words were never spoken.
Meanwhile, Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points – tearing a tendon in the middle finger on his left, non-shooting, hand during the game and revealing afterward that he’ll likely wear a splint throughout the remainder of the series – and grabbed eight rebounds for Dallas, which got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Shawn Marion and 12 points from Jason Terry, most of those coming in an early flurry. It was Dallas’ fifth straight loss to Miami in finals games, dating to the Heat rally for the 2006 crown.
On a so-called positive note for Dallas, they held the Heat to 39 percent shooting, Miami’s second-worst showing of the playoffs.
Game 2 is back in Miami on Thursday night at 9pm Eastern on ABC.