Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two
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 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 ; all three Texas NBA teams have now won at least one NBA Championship. It was also the first time in 3 years that the Los Angeles Lakers did not make the finals.
The series was held from May 31 to June 12, 2011. Under the 2–3–2 rotation, the Miami Heat had home-court advantage; the Heat hosted Games 1, 2, and 6, and was set to host a deciding Game 7 , had one been necessary. German player Dirk Nowitzki was named the Finals MVP . Nowitzki was the second European to win the award after Tony Parker (2007); he is the first German to win the award.
Going into the series, the Heat were heavy favourites with their newly acquired stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh along with returning star Dwyane Wade . The series was a rematch of the 2006 Finals , which was won by the Heat in 6 games after Dallas blew a 2–0 series lead.
The Dallas Mavericks became the first team in NBA history since the institution of the 2–3–2 format to enter Game 3 tied at 1, lose Game 3 and still win the Finals. The previous 11 times this occurred, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series.
The Dallas Mavericks also became just the 7th team, and the first since 1988, to come back and win the Finals after being down in the series two or more separate times (one game to none, and later two games to one). The previous 6 times this happened, the Finals ended in 7 games; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to do it in 6 games.
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