Jason Terry knocked down a game high 27 points while Dirk Nowitzki racked up a double-double as he added another 21 including 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat 105-95 Sunday night to win the 2011 NBA Finals in six games. This was the first NBA Title in the history of the Dallas franchise; this time beating the team that would top them in the club’s only other appearance in the series back in 2006. Nowitzki, who along with Terry are the only two Mavericks players who are still on the team from the 2006 squad was named the Finals MVP.
LeBron James scored 21 points for the Heat while Chris Bosh added 18 points in the loss in front of their home fans. Miami had held a 2-1 lead in the series but dropped their last three games sending them home for the summer without the Larry O’Brien Trophy that they were favored to win. Turnovers played a major part in their loss in game six as they committed 16 costing them 26 points in the contest.
The Heat took the lead early in the opening period grabbing a 20-11 advantage with 6:18 left in the first as Bosh connected on an outside jumper. Momentum would shift to Dallas late in the quarter and after DeShawn Stevenson drained a 24 foot trey with 24 seconds to play they would end the period on top with the score 32-27. The Mavericks looked as if they were ready to run away with the game with 10:06 remaining in the second as Stevenson knocked down a 25 foot trey putting his team ahead 40-28. Miami however battled back and went on top at 42-40 as veteran Eddie House buried a 25 foot trey with 6:24 to play. Terry would connect on a mid-range jumper down the stretch and Dallas walked into the locker room at the half leading 53-51.
The Mavericks would retain the lead for the entire third quarter. Ian Mahinmi hit a mid-range jumper at the buzzer and the Heat trailed at the end of the period 81-72. Miami could not close the gap during the final 12 minutes of play as they would get to within six points but that was as much of a threat as they would pose. Heat fans started heading for the exits early as Dallas celebrated their winning the NBA Title on their court.
Terry scored 27 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals while Nowitzki added 21 points, grabbed 11 boards, 2 steals and 1 assist. Jose Juan Barea who was inserted into the starting lineup midway through the Finals had 15 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals while Shawn Marion put up 12 points, 8 rebounds, an assist and a steal.
James had 21 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, a block and a steal while Bosh chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 1 steal. Mario Chalmers scored 18 points, 7 assists, 3 rebound and 3 steals while Dwyane Wade had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks and a steal. Udonis Haslem came off the bench and had 11 points for the night.