In Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals, Nowitzki, Jason Terry and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Heat in front of a Miami home crowd to capture the NBA Championship – the first in Mavericks history.
Nowitzki was cold the entire first half scoring just three points in the first 24 minutes, but Jason Terry, J.J Barea and Shawn Marion carried the Mavericks through the first half, going to the lockerroom with a 53-51 lead.
Terry specifically, led Dallas’s offense when Dirk couldn’t get going offensively, scoring 27 points while playing just over 34 minutes coming of the Mavericks bench.
Yet down the stretch Dirk hit several big shots finishing the game with 21 points, 10 of which came in the 4th quarter.
“I really still can't believe it,” Nowitzki, who also took home MVP honors told CBSsports.com
. “We worked so hard and so long for it. The team has had an unbelievable ride.”
For Dirk and Terry the championship had to be sweet revenge on the Heat. It was the 2006 Finals when Nowitzki and Terry were a part of a Mavericks team that lost to Miami in six games.
For the Miami Heat, it seemed to be the same story that we’ve seen throughout this series. Dwayne Wade, although playing well in the series, failed to take control of Game 6 missing 10 of his 16 shots and scoring just 17 points.
The same could be said for Lebron James who rather than attempting to take the game into his own hands when the Heat needed him most, looked more like Tomas Kaberle back on the Toronto Maple Leafs powerplay.
Surprisingly it was Chris Bosh who was most efficient and effective among the Big 3 for Miami, going 7-9 from the field while scoring 19 points.
So when the 4th quarter buzzed out it was Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy, instead of the expected Heat.
“It goes without saying,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told CBSsports.com.
“You're never really prepared for a moment like this. ... Neither team deserved this championship more than the other, but Dallas earned it.”
Now with an NBA lockout looming, looking back on the “Yes We Did” press conference it seems like nothing more than a poor mans WWE entrance and will be forever remembered as the only presser ever to have a smoke machine rather than what it was supposed to be remembered as; the beginning of an NBA dynasty.
Oh and who was it that said Lebron is better than Jordan?