The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the 2011 NBA Championship Sunday night.
As you might imagine, Dallas Mavericks fans were a little excited. The foks over at Mavs Moneyball took great delight in recounting the final moments of their team’s first NBA Title
The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the conclusion of the season’s playoffs. The Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat, 4–2, to win their first NBA title. Dallas Mavericks became the latest NBA team from Texas to win its first title, after the Houston Rockets won back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995, and the San Antonio Spurs won in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007.
The 2011 series marked the first time a Finals match (Game 1) was played in the month of May since 1986.
Among the players from both teams, only Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry of Dallas, and Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem of Miami, appeared in the 2006 series with the same team. Miami Heat center Erick Dampier played for the Mavericks in 2006. Aside from Dampier, Caron Butler, Juwan Howard and Shawn Marion are the only other players who have played for both the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. Eddie House, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, LeBron James and Jason Kidd have appeared in the Finals with different teams, with House (as a member of Boston’s 2008 championship team), Wade and Haslem winning a championship ring.Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle won a championship as a reserve for Boston’s 1986 championship team.