When the season started, in October 2010, there were not many people outside of die-hard Dallas Mavericks fans who would have bet any money that Dirk & Company would be able to win the crown.
Especially against the big three of the Miami Heat (Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh), the free agents who came together last summer with plans to win multiple titles.
For Nowitzki it must have been sweet revenge for their embarrassing defeat to the Heat in 2006, after jumping to a 2-0 start in that series.
This was a hard-fought set of games where every night the announcers continuously spoke about how Miami was the dominant team, even when the series was tied at 2-2. That talk subsided a bit when Dallas went up 3-2 on Thursday. It left at the final match-up in Game 6 with the Mavs dominating the second half and ending with a 105-95 close-out victory.
Even though eventual Finals MVP Dirk shot just 1 for 12 in the first half of game six the rest of the team took up the slack until he got his groove back. Key was Jason Terry who, coming off the bench, burned Miami seemingly whenever he touched the ball and topped all scorers with 27 points. Another was speedster JJ Barea who added 15.
Dirk, who pretty much sealed the game with 2:27 left, ended with 21. One great effort was a rainbow 3 he launched 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter.
For Dallas’ aging three (thirty-somes Dirk, Terry and Jason Kidd) the glory of capturing for the franchise their first-ever trophy certainly was sweet, as can be seen in the below video.
Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks on a hard-fought, well-played and well-deserved championship series.
Over For Now.
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