Mavericks Beat LeBron's Heat, Win NBA Title

Dirk Nowitzki takes MVP honors for Dallas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 12, 2011 10:56 PM CDT
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates a point against the Miami Heat in Game 6.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – For Dirk Nowitzki, the resume is complete. He's an NBA champion. For LeBron James, the agonizing wait continues for at least one more year. Avenging what happened five years ago in perfect turnabout style, the Dallas Mavericks won their first NBA title by winning Game 6 of these finals in Miami 105-95 tonight—celebrating on the Heat's home floor, just as Dwyane Wade and his team did to them in the 2006 title series. The Mavericks won four of the series' last five games, a turnabout that could not have been sweeter.

"I really still can't believe it," said Nowitzki, who had 21 points and took home finals MVP honors. "Tonight," Jason Terry said, "we got vindication." James did not. Not even close, and a year unlike any other ended they way they all have so far—with him still waiting for an NBA title. He scored 21 points for Miami, shook a few hands afterward, and departed before most of the Mavs tugged on their championship hats and T-shirts. Chris Bosh had 19, Mario Chalmers 18, and Dwyane Wade 17 for the Heat.

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