Monday, June 13, 2011

Game 6 - Redemption

Wade, James, and Bosh were all good, but they weren't great in Game 6 and, as a result, they will be subjected to a ton of criticism, fairly or unfairly, for the next year. But this moment really belongs to the Dallas Mavericks. The team won Game 6 and the NBA championship despite Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki's 1-12 first half shooting display.

When Dallas went into the half with a two point lead, even with Dirk shooting so poorly, it seemed clear that the Mavericks would win their fourth game of the series tonight. While Dirk ended with 21 points, going ballistic in the fourth yet again, Jason Terry was the star. He finished with 27 points on 11-16 shooting. Barea had 15 points, including clutch threes and whirling shots at the rim. Marion added 12 pts and 8 rebs. Chandler had 8 points. Kidd had 9 points and 8 assists. Stevenson hit three threes. Even Mahimi and Cardinal got into the act, combining for 7 points.

Dallas's depth and Dirk's fourth quarter greatness won the series. The big three played well, but with Miami lacking depth, it wasn't enough. Chalmers had 18 points to continue his breakout series and Haslem added 11, but with the big three combining for only 57 points, the Heat were cooled for the summer. Wade and James totaled 13 assist, but also 11 turnovers. LeBron's team was an astonishing -24 with him on the floor.

Defeating the Heat on their home floor was extra sweet for the Mavericks, who lost to the Heat after nearly going up 3-0 in the 2006 NBA Finals. It's a crushing loss that they perhaps now finally have overcome. The Mavs won 105-95 in clinching the series 4-2 and capturing the franchise's first title.

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