Dallas Beats Heat to Claim Championship!

Cleveland....er, Dallas fans rejoice!

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

2011 NBA Finals

It wasn't easy and it wasn't as scripted but the Dallas Mavericks are your new NBA Champions after taking it to the Miami Heat 105-95 on their court to close out the series in six games. This win, spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, is vindication for Dallas who lost the 2006 Finals to Miami and adds a capper to a season that went farther than anyone outside of Dallas though possible.

 

"This is a true team," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "This is an old bunch. We don't run fast or jump high. These guys had each other's backs. We played the right way. We trusted the pass. This is a phenomenal thing for the city of Dallas."

 

MVP Honors went to Nowitzki, who put up 21 points in the game and overcame a cold first half to put up some clutch shots down the stretch.

 

"We worked so hard and so long for it," Nowitzki said. "The team has had an unbelievable ride."

 

This Finals win, this Championship, is the defining moment of the careers of many older players on the Dallas squad. For players like Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, and Jason Kidd, all over 30, this was possibly their last chance to seize their long desired dreams and they rose to the occasion, each one contributing clutch performances to halt the Heat and seize victory.

 

"I can't believe the journey," said Kidd, who lost two previous Finals trips with the New Jersey Nets. "The journey, the character of my teammates telling me they wanted to get me a championship. Tonight they came out and played well. I came here twice, this being my third time so third time was the lucky charm."

 

For the Heat, it was a disappointing end to a season that had it's fair share of ups and downs, and while they will be criticized in the coming days, thanks mainly to the brashness of the 'Big Three', they deserve some credit for coming this far with a team that was lacking the necessary depth to win it all.

 

"It goes without saying," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "You're never really prepared for a moment like this. … Neither team deserved this championship more than the other, but Dallas earned it."

 

Legacies are defined in the Finals and Dallas, more specifically Dirk Nowitzki, has etched theirs in the annals of NBA history, and nobody can ever take that away from them.

 

"We had no champions on this team," Mavs center Tyson Chandler said. "And we walked away with a team full of champions."