Mavs are the 2011 NBA champs after beating the Heat, 105-95

After three decades of heartbreaks, the Dallas Mavericks are finally running with the big boys of the NBA.

Finally able to shed their “soft’’ label. Finally able to put their
big-boy pants on and pull up a chair and join the NBA’s elite company.

With Sunday night’s electrifying 105-95 victory over the Miami Heat at
AmericanAirlines Arena, the Mavs are the 2011 NBA champions.

In winning the best-of-seven series over the Heat, 4-2, the Mavs were
able to exact revenge on Miami while winning their first NBA title in
team history.
Back in the 2006 Finals, the Heat rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Mavs in six games while clinching the series in Dallas and celebrating on the Mavs’ court.

That’s exactly what the Mavs did Sunday – clinch the series in six games and celebrate on the Heat’s court.


“Now that we have done it you can say it was sweet vindication,’’ guard Jason Terry said. “We’ve been on the other end.’’

“We’ve been the team most hated, the team that’s not picked to do anything.’’

The Mavs did a lot Sunday. They kept Miami’s rallies to a minimum.

They overcame foul problems between Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler. And they overcame their own dark history of having one hiccup after another, one bonehead play after another that would disrupt an otherwise fine season.

When the Mavs land at Love Field sometimes today, they will have the Larry O’Brien trophy tucked safely away with them. It’s the fancy piece of hardware which signifies them as the newest NBA champions.

It’s the trophy Nowitzki was graciously hugging. He also hugged another prestigious trophy – the one naming him as the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals.

“Man, this is what I obviously played for the last couple of years,’’ said Nowitzki, who scored 21 points on 9-of-27 shooting. “I think when you come in this league you want to establish yourself.

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