Dirk Nowitzki (41) of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after making a jump shot in the fourth quarter while taking on the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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NBA Finals Game 6: Dallas - 105 Miami - 95

The Dallas Mavericks are NBA Champions and the rest of the basketball world outside of Miami couldn't be happier about it.

The gritty Mavs capped off their improbable championship run with a ten point victory in Miami. It was a complete team effort tonight as Dirk Nowitzki struggled, going only 9-27 from the field and finishing with 21 points. Jason Terry led the way with 27 points, Jose Barea added 15 and Shawn Marion had 12 points. Dallas was in control for most of the night and Miami never managed to make a run late in the game.

The big three went out with a whimper and not a bang. LeBron James had 21 points but was quiet throughout the fourth quarter. Dwyane Wade struggled all night and only had 17 points. Chris Bosh had 19 points. 

Much more to come throughout the day...


2011 NBA Finals, Game 6 Preview: Mavericks One Win Away From Championship

The 2011 NBA Finals resume Sunday night as the Miami Heat host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6. The Mavericks, who defeated the Heat, 112-103, Thursday night, lead the series 3-2 and just need one more victory to win the best-of-seven series. The Heat, who had a 2-1 series lead before dropping games four and five in Dallas, need to find a way to take full advantage of their superior talent.

Mavs' forward Dirk Nowitzki, who's averaging 27.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in the finals, has been outstanding all playoffs long. Meanwhile, the Heat's superstar Lebron James -- just eight points in Game 4, a triple-double in Game 5 -- has been inconsistent. It also will be interesting to see how James' teammate, Dewayne Wade, will play after suffering a hip injury early in Game 5.

If you'd like to catch the game tonight (8 p.m. on ABC) here's the series' TV schedule and past results:

  • Game 1: Miami 92, Dallas 84
  • Game 2: Dallas 95, Miami 93
  • Game 3: Miami 88, Dallas 86
  • Game 4: Dallas 86, Miami 83
  • Game 5: Dallas 112, Miami 103 (Mavericks lead series, 3-2)
  • Game 6: Sun., June 12 in Miami, 8 p.m. (ABC)
  • Game 7: Tue., June 14 in Miami, 9 p.m. (ABC)

Follow SB Nation's 2011 NBA Finals hub for full series coverage. See Peninsula Is Mightier to join the discussion with Heat fans, and Mavs Moneyball to join the discussion with Mavericks fans.


NBA Finals Game 5: Dallas 112, Miami 103

It is always fun when the bad guys lose.

The Dallas Mavericks seized control of the NBA Finals Thursday night with a 112-103 victory over the Miami Heat and are now one game away from a championship. Led by Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, the Mavericks pulled away in the final minutes as the Heat struggled to keep pace with a banged up Dwyane Wade and LeBron James having another quiet fourth quarter.

Wade suffered a hip injury in the first half but still managed to have 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, while James only chipped in two points on a meaningless lay-up late in the game. James did register a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists but it will likely be overshadowed by yet another no-show in crunch time. Chris Bosh finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Mario Chalmers knocked down four three-pointers en route to finishing with 15 points. 

For the Mavericks, Nowitzki came up big again with 29 points and received plenty of help down the stretch from Terry and Jason Kidd who both hit huge three pointers. Terry finished with 21 points and Kidd had 13. J.J Barea also finally got going on offense and chipped in 17 points. 

Game 6 is Sunday night in Miami, where the Mavericks will look to wrap up their first-ever NBA Championship and make the entire basketball world outside of Miami very happy.


NBA Finals Game 4: Dallas - 86 Miami - 83

It wasn't the prettiest of wins but Dallas got just enough from Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry to steal game four of the NBA Finals, 86-83, evening the best of seven game series at 2-2.

Despite battling a fever and the effects from his injured finger,  Dirk led the Mavericks with 21 points and 11 rebounds. He hit a big lay-up late in the fourth quarter over Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade to extend the Dallas lead to three. After a quick dunk by Wade and two free throws by Jason Terry, Miami had one last chance to tie the game. However, the inbounds pass went through Dwyane Wade's hands forcing him to dive into the backcourt to save it to Mike Miller who air-balled a desperation three at the buzzer.

Wade carried Miami's offense for most of the night. finishing with 32 points on 13-20 shooting. Chris Bosh chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds. Tonight was a banner night for people who disliked LeBron James, as he completely no-showed with 8 points on 3-11 shooting. More troubling was how detached James looked from the game down the stretch and how little he was involved in the offense during crunch time.

Terry was the Mavericks second leading scorer with 17 points and Shawn Marion added 16 of his own. Dallas also got 13 from Tyson Chandler and 11 from DeShawn Stevenson in extended minutes, as the supporting cast provided more of a boost to Dirk than they had in previous games. 

Game five will be Thursday night in Dallas. When a series is tied 2-2, the team who wins game five goes on to win the series over 73 percent of the time. 


NBA Finals, Game 3: Heat Take 2-1 Lead With 88-86 Victory

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The biggest shot of Game 3 came from a different big man.

Chris Bosh buried the go-ahead jumper with 39.6 seconds left Sunday, and the Miami Heat survived another late shot from Dirk Nowitzki to beat Dallas, 88-86, and take a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.

After Dwyane Wade had scored seven straight points for the Heat, Bosh worked his way into a wide-open position on the low left side to set up his shot.

Guarded closely, LeBron James gave the ball up, settling for the go-ahead assist instead of the go-ahead points.

“It was the right play. We’ve been making the right plays,” said Bosh. “We trust each other. This is as big as it gets and when you can trust someone like that, I think it’s great.”

“I saw C.B. wide-open,” said James. “I don’t care if he’s missed 15 (shots) in a row. That’s his sweet spot.”

Following a timeout, Nowitzki got the inbounds pass above the three-point arc and dribbled Udonis Haslem down to the foul line, stepping back for a fadeaway that bounced high off the rim as time expired.

“We found ways to make plays on both ends of the court, to grind this game out,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

The Heat rebounded from a demoralizing loss in Game 2, when Nowitzki scored his team’s final nine points to lead the Mavericks back from a 15-point deficit in the final six-plus minutes, making the winning layup with his injured left hand in the final seconds.

“You can’t lose a game like that and come and lose Game 3,” said Wade. “And we made enough plays to win the ballgame.”

Still playing with a small splint on his left middle finger, Nowitzki poured in 34 points Sunday, including 12 in a row to end the game as the Mavs continued to look for their 7-foot jump shooter on the offensive side.

“Dirk is doing his part,” said Mavs guard Jason Kidd, “but everybody has to pitch in.”

Nowitzki hit a 13-foot fadeaway floater over Haslem to tie the game at 86-86. His final missed shot was his 21st of the game. He scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.

“We’d like to make it easier on him,” said Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, who played Nowitzki nearly 42 minutes. “But tonight was tough. Tonight was not one of those nights.”

Wade scored 29 points to lead the Heat, while Bosh added 18 and James scored 17. Miami shot 43.6 percent and won despite being outrebounded 42-36, including a 12-9 deficit on the offensive glass. Wade also led the Heat in rebounds with 11.

Jason Terry had 15 points off the bench for Dallas, but scored just five after halftime. Shawn Marion chipped in 10 points, while Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler pulled down 11 rebounds apiece. Kidd had 10 assists and nine points in the loss.

The Mavs went on a 17-3 run in the third quarter, taking a 59-58 lead on Terry’s 17-footer. But James and Mario Chalmers hit back-to-back threes to stop the bleeding and the Heat carried a 67-64 lead into the fourth.

Among Nowitzki’s 12 straight points was a backdoor dunk after Kidd found him near the baseline with a good pass. Wade hit a 20-footer at the other end for the last of his seven straight points, making it 86-84 and setting up Nowitzki’s game-tying floater.

“This series is turning out to be a series of endurance,” said Spoelstra.

Game 4 is Tuesday in Dallas — and if history is any indicator, the Mavs may have played themselves into trouble.

Since the NBA went to a 2-3-2 series format, the winner of Game 3 after a split in the first two games has gone on to win the title all 11 times.

The Mavs won every quarter except the first Sunday in a game that was more back-and-forth than a metronome.

About that first quarter: Chalmers buried a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer to give Miami a 29-22 lead, throwing up the shot just a couple steps past midcourt.

Replays showed Chalmers’ foot on the halfcourt line around the time he received the pass, a possible backcourt violation.

“That’s a great play for them,” said Carlisle, “and it’s a tough one for us.”

The series is a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, when Wade and the Heat beat Nowitzki’s Mavericks in six games after falling behind 0-2 in the series. It was the only other time either franchise made the Finals.

Dallas played without backup center Brendan Haywood, who was ruled out because of the right hip flexor injury he sustained in Game 2. Carlisle stressed that it would be important for Chandler, the starting center, to stay out of foul trouble with Haywood sidelined. Chandler finished with just two personal fouls, both in the second half.

Both teams endured long runs in the game. The Heat used a 12-0 run in the second quarter to snap a tie before the Mavs countered with seven straight points. Wade scored the next four points on a layup and dunk and the Heat built their lead to a game-high 14 on a pair of James free throws with 3:03 left in the first half.

Dallas countered with an 11-2 run to end the half trailing 47-42, capped by a Kidd free throw. Kidd pump-faked Wade into the air near the three-point line on the left side, and Wade came down on Kidd’s shoulder before tumbling into the seats.

“We’re always reacting. Obviously, it takes a lot of energy for us to fight back,” said Nowitzki. “We have to be a little sharper at the beginning and not let them get their rhythm.”


NBA Finals, Game 2: Dallas 95, Miami 93

Don't call it a comeback.

After three and a half quarters of dunk after dunk, gave the Miami Heat a commanding 88-73 lead with only 7:15 left on the clock. The Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki in particular, took the game over with a furious rally capped by a left-handed lay-up by Dirk with 3.6 seconds left. He had the Mavericks final nine points, including a 3-pointer on the possession before to give Dallas a 93-90 lead. 

Mario Chalmers, of all people, would answer with a 3-pointer of his own to tie the game before Dirk's game winner. Dwyane Wade missed a buzzer beater from just a few steps inside half-court as time expired. Despite the miss, Wade was spectacular was 36 points.He wasn't complimented as well as usual by the rest of the big three. LeBron James finished with a quiet 20 points and eight rebounds. Chris Bosh only had 12 points and 8 rebounds.

For the Mavericks, Dirk led the charge with 24 points. Shawn Marion had another strong game, finishing with 20 points and carrying the Mavericks offense for stretches in the second half before Dirk took over. Jason Terry had 16 points, despite not hitting any three point attempts. 

Game 3 is Sunday night in Dallas. This was Miami's first home loss of the playoffs. 

The series schedule and TV information are below.

  • Game 1: Miami 92, Dallas 84.
  • Game 2: Dallas 95, Miami 93
  • Game 3: Sun., June 5 in Dallas, 8 p.m. (ABC)
  • Game 4: Tue., June 7 in Dallas, 9 p.m. (ABC)
  • Game 5: Thu., June 9 in Dallas, 9 p.m. (ABC)
  • Game 6: Sun., June 12 in Miami, 8 p.m. (ABC)
  • Game 7: Tue., June 14 in Miami, 9 p.m. (ABC)

Follow SB Nation's 2011 NBA Finals hub for full series coverage. See Peninsula Is Mightier to join the discussion with Heat fans, and Mavs Moneyball to join the discussion with Mavericks fans.

Final - 6.2.2011 1 2 3 4 Total
Dallas Mavericks 28 23 20 24 95
Miami Heat 28 23 24 18 93

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NBA FInals 2011 Game One: Miami Heat 92, Dallas Mavericks 84

After a relatively even three quarters, the Miami Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter led by Dwayne Wade and LeBron James in a dominant display that leaves doubt about how competitive Dallas could be in the 2011 NBA Finals.

The third quarter concluded with James hitting a ridiculous three-point attempt as time expired, which turned out to set the stage for Miami's fourth quarter. Wade, who struggled in the first half, stepped up when it counted the most on both ends of the floor and ended up finishing the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 6 assists. He also put the exclamation point on the victory with an alley-oop to James who was again solid in the final minutes and finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Chris Bosh chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds of his own.

Miami didn't need much from its supporting cast Tuesday night but Mario Chalmers did hit three big three-pointers and finish with 12 points. He spent the bulk of the game at point guard, replacing an ineffective MIke Bibby.

As for Dallas, the bench let them down. Jose Barea was 1-8 from the field. Peja Stojakovic had zero points. Jason Terry had 12 but was completely invisible in the second half, in a similar way that Jason Kidd was. Shawn Marion was the only player who provided adequate support for Dirk Nowitzski by contributing 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Dirk was still productive despite being constantly double teamed. Hh finished with 27 points and was 12-12 from the free throw line. Unfortunately for Dallas, the Mavs may not win a game in this series if Dirk's supporting cast can't take advantage of those constant double teams being thrown at him.

The Heat are now only three games away from driving the rest of the basketball world outside of their city insane and have now improved to 9-0 on their home court in the playoffs. Game Two is Thursday night back in Miami.

Final - 5.31.2011 1 2 3 4 Total
Dallas Mavericks 17 27 17 23 84
Miami Heat 16 27 22 27 92

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