2011 NBA Finals

The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in which the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat 4 games to 2 to win their first NBA championship. The series was held from May 31 to June 12, 2011. German player Dirk Nowitzki was named the Finals MVP, becoming the second European to win the award after Tony Parker (2007) and the first German player to do so.[2] The series was a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat had won in six games.

Going into the series, the Heat were heavy favorites[3][4] with their newly acquired superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh along with returning superstar Dwyane Wade.[2]

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 one, lose Game 3 and still win the Finals. The previous 11 times this occurred, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series.[5] The 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 six times this happened, the Finals ended in seven games; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to do it in six games.

ABC averaged a 10.1 rating, 11.7 million households and nearly 17.3 million viewers with the 2011 Finals, according to Nielsen.

2011 NBA Finals
The NBA Finals logo
TeamCoachWins
Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlisle 4
Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra 2
DatesMay 31–June 12
MVPDirk Nowitzki[1]
(Dallas Mavericks)
TelevisionABC & ESPN 3D (U.S.)
TSN (Canada)
AnnouncersMike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson (ABC)
Mark Jones, Bruce Bowen (Gms 1-2, 5-6), and Tim Legler (Gms 3-4) (ESPN 3D)
Radio networkESPN
AnnouncersMike Tirico, Hubie Brown, and Jack Ramsay
Referees
Game 1:Steve Javie, Mike Callahan, Bill Kennedy
Game 2:Joe Crawford, Ed Malloy, Ken Mauer
Game 3:Danny Crawford, Scott Foster, Derrick Stafford
Game 4:Monty McCutchen, Marc Davis, Greg Willard
Game 5:Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Bill Kennedy
Game 6:Steve Javie, Scott Foster, Derrick Stafford
Hall of FamersMavericks:
Jason Kidd (2018)
Eastern FinalsHeat defeated Bulls, 4–1
Western FinalsMavericks defeated Thunder, 4–1

Background

Both the Mavericks and Heat made their second appearance in the NBA Finals, the first for both teams being the 2006 NBA Finals. This Finals marked a rematch of the 2006 Finals, won by Miami in six games, after the Mavericks were up 2–0.[6]

It was also the first time since 2006 that neither the Los Angeles Lakers nor the San Antonio Spurs represented the Western Conference in the Finals and only the second time since 1998, and also the thirteenth consecutive NBA Finals to feature a Western Conference Champion from either the states of California or Texas.

This was the first finals since 1998 not to feature Kobe Bryant (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010), Shaquille O'Neal (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006) or Tim Duncan (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007).

The Mavericks' appearance also meant that three of North America's four major professional sports championships were played in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in a span of eight months, with the 2010 World Series and Super Bowl XLV both occurring in nearby Arlington.[7]

The Heat had home-court advantage by virtue of a better regular-season record than the Mavericks. This was only the second time that the Eastern Conference had home court advantage during the Finals since the end of the Michael Jordan era in 1998. It also marks the first time since 1995 that the Eastern Conference team lost in the Finals despite having home court advantage.

The 2011 series marked the first time a Finals match (Game 1) was played in the month of May since 1986.

Among the players from both teams, only Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry of Dallas, and Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem of Miami, appeared in the 2006 series with the same team. Heat center Erick Dampier played for the Mavericks in 2006. Aside from Dampier, Caron Butler, Juwan Howard and Shawn Marion are the only other players who have played for both the Mavericks and Heat. Eddie House, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, LeBron James (James would reach the finals every year from 2011 to 2018, with both the Heat and the Cavaliers) and Jason Kidd have appeared in the Finals with different teams, with House (as a member of Boston's 2008 championship team), Wade and Haslem winning a championship ring. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle won a championship as a reserve for Boston's 1986 championship team making him only the eleventh person in NBA history to win a Finals as both a player and a coach.

Road to the Finals

Dallas Mavericks (Western Conference champion) Miami Heat (Eastern Conference champion)
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-San Antonio Spurs 61 21 .744
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695 4
3 x-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 4
4 y-Oklahoma City Thunder 55 27 .671 6
5 x-Denver Nuggets 50 32 .610 11
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 48 34 .585 13
7 x-New Orleans Hornets 46 36 .561 15
8 x-Memphis Grizzlies 46 36 .561 15
9 Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 18
10 Phoenix Suns 40 42 .488 21
11 Utah Jazz 39 43 .476 22
12 Golden State Warriors 36 46 .439 25
13 Los Angeles Clippers 32 50 .390 29
14 Sacramento Kings 24 58 .293 37
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 17 65 .207 44
3rd seed in the West, 5th best league record
Regular season
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Chicago Bulls 62 20 .756
2 y-Miami Heat 58 24 .707 4
3 y-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 6
4 x-Orlando Magic 52 30 .634 10
5 x-Atlanta Hawks 44 38 .537 18
6 x-New York Knicks 42 40 .512 20
7 x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 21
8 x-Indiana Pacers 37 45 .451 25
9 Milwaukee Bucks 35 47 .427 27
10 Charlotte Bobcats 34 48 .415 28
11 Detroit Pistons 30 52 .366 32
12 New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 38
13 Washington Wizards 23 59 .280 39
14 Toronto Raptors 22 60 .268 40
15 Cleveland Cavaliers 19 63 .232 43
2nd seed in the East, 3rd best league record
Defeated the 6th seeded Portland Trail Blazers, 4–2 First round Defeated the 7th seeded Philadelphia 76ers, 4–1
Defeated the 2nd seeded Los Angeles Lakers, 4–0 Conference Semifinals Defeated the 3rd seeded Boston Celtics, 4–1
Defeated the 4th seeded Oklahoma City Thunder, 4–1 Conference Finals Defeated the 1st seeded Chicago Bulls, 4–1

Regular-season series

The Dallas Mavericks won both games in the regular season.

November 27, 2010
Miami Heat 95, Dallas Mavericks 106
December 20, 2010
Dallas Mavericks 98, Miami Heat 96
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

Series summary

Game Date Away team Result Home team
Game 1 Tuesday, May 31 Dallas Mavericks 84–92 (0–1) Miami Heat
Game 2 Thursday, June 2 Dallas Mavericks 95–93 (1–1) Miami Heat
Game 3 Sunday, June 5 Miami Heat 88–86 (2–1) Dallas Mavericks
Game 4 Tuesday, June 7 Miami Heat 83–86 (2–2) Dallas Mavericks
Game 5 Thursday, June 9 Miami Heat 103–112 (2–3) Dallas Mavericks
Game 6 Sunday, June 12 Dallas Mavericks 105–95 (4–2) Miami Heat
All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4).

Game 1

May 31
9:00 pm
Dallas Mavericks 84, Miami Heat 92
Scoring by quarter: 17–16, 27–27, 17–22, 23–27
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 27
Rebs: Shawn Marion 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 6
Pts: LeBron James 24
Rebs: Dwyane Wade 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Miami leads series, 1–0
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,003
Referees: Steve Javie, Mike Callahan, Bill Kennedy

Game 1 was the first NBA Finals game to be held in the month of May since 1986. The Heat made only 28.6 percent of their shots during the first quarter, and this low scoring percentage early on left the Mavs with an 8-point lead early into the 3rd quarter. The Heat changed course from this point on, outscoring the Mavs 22–10 and taking a 65–61 lead going into the 4th quarter. Mavs power forward Dirk Nowitzki injured his finger within the last four minutes of the game, but remained in play, wearing a splint to support the torn tendon.[8] Despite having a below-average performance early in the game, Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade and small forward LeBron James collaborated on both defensive and offensive ends of the court in the fourth quarter, leading the Heat to win Game 1 over the Mavs 92–84.[9]

Game 2

June 2
9:00 pm
Dallas Mavericks 95, Miami Heat 93
Scoring by quarter: 28–28, 23–23, 20–24, 24–18
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 24
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 11
Asts: Terry, Kidd 5 each
Pts: Dwyane Wade 36
Rebs: James, Bosh 8 each
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Series tied, 1–1
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,003
Referees: Joe Crawford, Ed Malloy, Ken Mauer

The Mavs' 15-point comeback was the biggest in an NBA Finals game since the 24-point comeback the Celtics made against the Lakers in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals.[10] Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3 with 26.7 seconds left to give the Mavericks a 93–90 lead. However, Mario Chalmers tied it with a 3 of his own with 24.5 seconds left when Jason Terry left him wide open. After Jason Kidd ran the clock down, Nowitzki then made a driving layup with his injured left hand with 3.6 seconds left. The Heat had no timeouts left, and Dwyane Wade's potential game-winning 3 hit the back rim at the buzzer as he fell to the ground in an attempt to draw a foul on Nowitzki.[11] The Mavs win broke the Heat's 9-game home winning streak in the playoffs, costing them a chance to tie the 1996 Bulls' mark of 10 straight. This was the second straight Finals with a 1–1 split after two games, after five straight years with one team leading 2–0 (2005–09).

Game 3

June 5
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 88, Dallas Mavericks 86
Scoring by quarter: 29–22, 18–20, 20–22, 21–22
Pts: Dwyane Wade 29
Rebs: Dwyane Wade 11
Asts: LeBron James 9
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 34
Rebs: Chandler, Nowitzki 11 each
Asts: Jason Kidd 10
Miami leads series, 2–1
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,340
Referees: Danny Crawford, Scott Foster, Derrick Stafford

The Heat led most of the game, but the Mavericks fought back from a 14-point deficit. With 39.6 seconds left in the 4th, LeBron James found Chris Bosh for a 20-foot baseline jumper; Dirk Nowitzki had a chance to force OT, but missed a well-defended fadeaway jumper at the buzzer as the Heat handed Dallas another defeat to go up 2–1 in the series.[12] It was Miami's 6th win in its last 7 NBA Finals games, 4 by 3 points or less.

Game 4

June 7
9:00 pm
Miami Heat 83, Dallas Mavericks 86
Scoring by quarter: 21–21, 26–24, 22–20, 14–21
Pts: Dwyane Wade 32
Rebs: LeBron James 9
Asts: LeBron James 7
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 21
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 16
Asts: José Juan Barea 4
Series tied, 2–2
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,430
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Marc Davis, Greg Willard

Game 4 was a back-and-forth affair, with 12 lead changes and 15 ties. Miami went up 74–65 early in the fourth quarter on a baseline jumpshot by Udonis Haslem, tallying their largest lead of the game. After a timeout, Dallas answered with 4 straight points by Jason Terry, similar to the 6 straight he scored with Dallas down 15 halfway through the fourth quarter of Game 2. Dallas would take their first lead of the fourth quarter with 5:15 left on a fastbreak layup by Terry. They held the lead for the rest of the game, although Miami cut the lead to 1 twice in the final minute. Up 82–81 with 20 seconds left after Wade missed 1 of 2 free throws, Dirk Nowitzki hit a driving layup with 14.4 seconds left to extend the lead to 3. After a dunk by Wade with 9 seconds left, 2 free throws by Terry pushed the lead back up to 3. With a chance to tie the game with a 3, Wade fumbled the inbounds pass with 6.7 seconds left, only to make a diving save to prevent a backcourt violation. The ball landed in Mike Miller's hands, whose desperation 3 airballed at the buzzer, preserving Dallas's 86–83 win.[13] LeBron James scored just eight total points in Game 4.

Game 5

June 9
9:00 pm
Miami Heat 103, Dallas Mavericks 112
Scoring by quarter: 31–30, 26–30, 22–24, 24–28
Pts: Dwyane Wade 23
Rebs: James, Bosh 10 each
Asts: LeBron James 10
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 29
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 7
Asts: Kidd, Terry 6 each
Dallas leads series, 3–2
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,433
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Bill Kennedy

After four low-scoring games, Game 5 saw the first time either team would break 100 points in this series. Dallas connected 13 times out of their 19 tries from three-point range. Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, and J.J. Barea combined to make 10 of those 13 made threes. Late in the first quarter, Dwyane Wade ran into Brian Cardinal and had to go to the locker room with a hip injury; he eventually returned and hit a 3 to cap a 9–0 run that put Miami in front 99–95 with less than 5 minutes left in the game. Unhappy with Terry for missing a defensive assignment and setting a poor cross-screen, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle pulled Terry from the game, telling him, "Refocus. I'm putting you right back in."[14] After less than a minute, Carlisle subbed in Terry and made the crucial decision to run the offense through him for the rest of the game. This move ignited Dallas' offense, leading them on a game-winning 15–3 run in which Terry scored or assisted on 11 points. With Miami leading 100–97, Terry passed to Dirk Nowitzki, who drew a double team and then kicked it back out to Terry for a game-tying 3. Nowitzki then drove baseline on Chris Bosh for a two-handed dunk (assisted by Terry) with 2:44 left in the game to give the Mavs a 102–100 lead they would not relinquish. After LeBron James was called for an offensive foul (Tyson Chandler drew the charge), Terry found Kidd for another wide-open 3 that gave the Mavs a 105–100 lead with 1:26 left. After Chandler blocked Dwyane Wade with 1:04 left, Chris Bosh made 1 of 2 free throws to cut the Mavs' lead to 105–101. On the Mavs' next possession, Terry knocked down a 28-foot 3 with LeBron James closely guarding him to give the Mavs an insurmountable 108–101 lead with 33.3 seconds left. The Mavericks won 112–103 and grabbed a 3–2 series lead going back to Miami.[15]

Game 6

June 12
8:00 pm
Dallas Mavericks 105, Miami Heat 95
Scoring by quarter: 32–27, 21–24, 28–21, 24–23
Pts: Jason Terry 27
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 11
Asts: Jason Kidd 8
Pts: LeBron James 21
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 9
Asts: Mario Chalmers 7
Dallas wins NBA Finals, 4–2
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,003
Referees: Steve Javie, Scott Foster, Derrick Stafford

Lebron James made his first four shots to contribute to the Heat taking a 20–11 lead. The Mavericks went to a zone defense that perplexed Miami and Dallas went on a 21–4 run in a span of 5 ½ minutes. They made 9 of 12 shots during this stretch with DeShawn Stevenson making two 3's in a 24-second duration to give Dallas a 40–28 lead with 9:42 left in the first half. Dallas turned Miami's first six turnovers into 14 points. The Heat then went on a 14–0 run to take a 42–40 lead. With 6:25 left in the half, Stevenson along with Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers received technical fouls after a scuffle occurred at midcourt during a timeout. In the second half, James did not score until making a layup with 1:49 remaining in the third. The Mavericks led by nine going into the 4th quarter after Ian Mahinmi hit a buzzer beater to give Dallas an 81–72 lead. The Mavericks took a 12-point lead with 8:12 remaining. With 2:27 left, Nowitzki made a jump shot to help build the Mavericks' lead to 99–89. The Mavericks, who led for the final 22 minutes in the game, won their first championship in franchise history.[16] Nowitzki was named Finals MVP.[17][18] He had a poor shooting performance in the first half but managed to score 18 points in the second half.[2][19] When the final buzzer sounded, an emotional Nowitzki went straight to the locker room in tears, although he re-emerged for the trophy presentation.

Statistical leaders

Category High Average
Player Team Total Player Team Avg. Games played
Points Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 36 Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 26.5 6
Rebounds Tyson Chandler Dallas Mavericks 16 Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks 9.7 6
Assists Jason Kidd
LeBron James
Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat
10 LeBron James Miami Heat 6.8 6
Steals Mike Bibby
LeBron James
Miami Heat
Miami Heat
4 LeBron James Miami Heat 1.7 6
Blocks Joel Anthony
Brendan Haywood
Tyson Chandler
Dirk Nowitzki
Miami Heat
Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
3 Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 1.5 6

Rosters

Dallas Mavericks

2010–11 Dallas Mavericks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 11 Puerto Rico Barea, J. J. 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1984–06–26 Northeastern
G 3 France Beaubois, Rodrigue (IN) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1988–02–24 France
F 13 United States Brewer, Corey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1986–03–05 Florida
F 4 United States Butler, Caron (IN) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1980–03–13 Connecticut
F 35 United States Cardinal, Brian 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1977–05–02 Purdue
C 6 United States Chandler, Tyson 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1982–10–02 Dominguez HS (California)
C 33 United States Haywood, Brendan 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 263 lb (119 kg) 1979–11–27 North Carolina
G 20 United States Jones, Dominique (IN) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1988–10–15 South Florida
G 2 United States Kidd, Jason (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1973–03–23 California
C 28 France Mahinmi, Ian 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1986–11–05 France
F 0 United States Marion, Shawn 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1978–05–07 UNLV
F 41 Germany Nowitzki, Dirk (C) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1978–06–19 Germany
G 92 United States Stevenson, DeShawn 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1981–04–03 Washington Union HS (California)
F 16 Serbia Stojaković, Peja 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 229 lb (104 kg) 1977–06–09 Serbia
G 31 United States Terry, Jason 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1977–09–15 Arizona
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Miami Heat

2010–11 Miami Heat roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 50 Canada Anthony, Joel 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1982–08–09 UNLV
G 0 United States Bibby, Mike 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1978–05–13 Arizona
F 1 United States Bosh, Chris 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1984–03–24 Georgia Tech
G 15 United States Chalmers, Mario 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1986–05–19 Kansas
C 25 United States Dampier, Erick (IN) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1975–07–14 Mississippi State
F 40 United States Haslem, Udonis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1980–06–09 Florida
G 55 United States House, Eddie 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1978–05–14 Arizona State
F 5 United States Howard, Juwan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 253 lb (115 kg) 1973–02–07 Michigan
C 11 Lithuania Ilgauskas, Žydrūnas 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1975–06–05 Lithuania
F 6 United States James, LeBron 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1984-12-30 St. Vincent – St. Mary High School (Ohio)
F 22 United States Jones, James 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1980–10–04 Miami (FL)
C 21 Canada Magloire, Jamaal (IN) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1978–05–21 Kentucky
F 13 United States Miller, Mike 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1980–02–19 Florida
C 45 United States Pittman, Dexter (IN) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 290 lb (132 kg) 1988–03–02 Texas
G 3 United States Wade, Dwyane (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1982–01–17 Marquette
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Player statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Dallas Mavericks
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
José Juan Barea 6 3 21.4 .382 .333 .714 2.2 3.2 0.5 0.0 8.8
Brian Cardinal 5 0 6.1 .667 .667 .500 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.0 1.4
Tyson Chandler 6 6 37.3 .594 .000 .625 8.8 0.7 1.2 1.2 9.7
Brendan Haywood 3 0 8.5 .333 .000 .500 2.3 0.0 0.3 1.0 1.7
Jason Kidd 6 6 37.4 .389 .429 .750 4.5 6.3 1.2 0.8 7.7
Ian Mahinmi 3 0 9.0 .600 .000 .600 1.7 0.0 0.3 0.0 3.0
Shawn Marion 6 6 35.8 .479 .000 .824 6.3 2.3 0.8 0.7 13.7
Dirk Nowitzki 6 6 40.4 .416 .368 .978 9.7 2.0 0.7 0.7 26.0
DeShawn Stevenson 6 3 17.2 .542 .565 .750 1.5 0.3 0.7 0.2 7.0
Peja Stojaković 4 0 6.4 .200 .000 .000 0.8 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5
Jason Terry 6 0 32.6 .494 .393 .750 2.0 3.2 1.3 0.0 18.0
Miami Heat
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Joel Anthony 6 6 20.6 .286 .000 .000 3.5 0.3 0.2 1.2 1.3
Mike Bibby 5 5 17.4 .350 .294 .000 1.4 1.0 1.4 0.2 3.8
Chris Bosh 6 6 39.4 .413 .000 .778 7.3 1.0 0.2 0.5 18.5
Mario Chalmers 6 1 28.9 .426 .400 .739 2.7 3.5 1.7 0.0 11.8
Udonis Haslem 6 0 29.4 .450 .000 .800 5.2 0.7 0.5 0.5 6.7
Eddie House 2 0 12.3 .333 .375 .000 2.0 0.5 1.0 0.0 4.5
Juwan Howard 5 0 5.9 .600 .000 .500 1.2 0.2 0.0 0.0 1.8
LeBron James 6 6 43.6 .478 .321 .600 7.2 6.8 1.7 0.5 17.8
Mike Miller 6 0 15.6 .304 .389 .000 2.8 0.8 0.8 0.2 3.5
Dwyane Wade 6 6 39.0 .546 .304 .694 7.0 5.2 1.5 1.5 26.5

Broadcast notes

The Finals were originally projected to begin on Thursday, June 9, but (along with the entire NBA schedule) were pushed up ahead one week to Thursday, June 2 due to negotiations on an impending league-wide lockout at the end of the season.[20] They were again pushed ahead to a start date of May 31 as both conference finals series ended in five games.

This series marked the first time since 2002 (or the last game of the NBA's coverage on NBC) that the NBA Finals ended before the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals.

Game Ratings
(households)
Share
(households)
American audience
(in millions)
1[21] 9.0 15 15.171
2[21] 9.3 16 15.522
3[21] 9.1 15 15.338
4[22] 9.6 16 16.126
5[22] 10.8 19 18.318
6[22] 13.3 22 23.880

The Finals were televised in the United States through ABC, with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson as announcers. Doris Burke was the sideline reporter, while Stuart Scott hosted the championship presentation. Scott also hosted the pre-game and halftime shows along with Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Magic Johnson. ESPN Radio aired the Finals nationally on radio, with Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Jack Ramsay announcing.

Aftermath

This was Dallas first sports championship since the Stars won the 1999 Stanley Cup against the Buffalo Sabres in six games, and remains the metro area's most recent sports title as of 2019.

Weeks after the NBA Finals ended, the league went to a lockout after the expiration of the previous collective bargaining agreement on July 1. The lockout would last until December 8, after which the league played an abbreviated 66-game season beginning on Christmas Day.

On Opening Day, the Heat beat the Mavericks 105–94 in Dallas, on the afternoon the Mavericks raised their championship banner. Dallas fielded a virtually different team from the previous year, letting free agents Tyson Chandler, JJ Barea, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson go. The Mavericks struggled with their makeshift lineup, which included Lamar Odom and Vince Carter, finishing with 36 wins. The seventh-seeded Mavericks were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder, who went on to make the 2012 NBA Finals.

The Heat would maintain the momentum of their opening day win, starting the season with five straight wins, before finishing second in the Eastern Conference behind the Chicago Bulls with 46 wins. The Heat returned to the Finals by beating the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics in five, six, and seven games respectively. After losing Game 1 to the Thunder, the Heat would win four straight games to capture their second NBA championship.

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1998 NBA draft

The 1998 NBA draft took place on June 24, 1998, at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This draft helped turn around three struggling franchises: the Dallas Mavericks, the Sacramento Kings, and the Toronto Raptors.

The Mavericks, despite having a talented nucleus of Jason Kidd, Jamal Mashburn and Jimmy Jackson in the mid-1990s, had not had a winning season since 1989–1990. By the end of the 1997 season, all three players were traded and it was time to rebuild. With the sixth selection in 1998, they drafted Robert Traylor and quickly traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity. They then traded Garrity in a package to the Phoenix Suns for Steve Nash. With Nash and Nowitzki, the Mavericks quickly went from a lottery team in the late 1990s to a perennial playoff contender throughout the 2000s. Nowitzki went on to win the 2011 NBA Finals with Dallas without Nash, but with Kidd.

Meanwhile, the Raptors were a recent expansion team that had failed to win more than 30 games in its first three seasons. With the fourth pick they selected Antawn Jamison, whom they quickly dealt to the Golden State Warriors for Vince Carter.

The Kings, having been a perennial lottery bound franchise, skyrocketed in popularity with the addition of Chris Webber and 7th pick Jason Williams. The Kings went to the playoffs that year and took the defending Western Conference Champions to the final game of their first round Playoff series.

First overall pick Michael Olowokandi from mid-major University of the Pacific is regarded by Sports Illustrated as one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history. As of February 2019, he is the last top selection to come out of a university that is considered mid-major.

Five players from the 1998 draft class have played in the NBA All-Star Game at least once in their careers: Nowitzki, Carter, Jamison, Paul Pierce and Rashard Lewis. All of them have reached the 20,000 points plateau during their careers except for Lewis.

Carter is still an active player as of 2019, making him one only seven players to play at least 20 seasons in the NBA. Nowitzki retired in April 2019 and remained with the Mavericks for his entire career, making him the only person to ever play 21 seasons with one team.

Seven members of the 1998 draft class are currently in Ice Cube's BIG3 Basketball League: #2 pick Mike Bibby and #21 pick Ricky Davis (Ghost Ballers), #11 pick Bonzi Wells (Tri State), #25 pick Al Harrington (Trilogy), #32 pick Rashard Lewis (3 Headed Monsters), #41 pick Cuttino Mobley (Power), and Mike James (Killer 3's), who went undrafted. Jason Williams played in the league's first season with the Ghost Ballers, but suffered an injury and would be out for the rest of the season.

2005–06 Dallas Mavericks season

The 2005–06 Dallas Mavericks season was the 26th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Coming off a crushing defeat to the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the playoffs last year, the Mavericks started the season off with an impressive 35-10 record as Dirk Nowitzki was selected for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, and Avery Johnson was named Coach of The Year. The Mavericks won their final six games to finish with a 60-22 record, good enough for second place in the Southwest Division, and in the Western Conference overall. In the first round of the playoffs, the Mavericks swept the Memphis Grizzlies in four straight games, then defeated their in-state rivals, the San Antonio Spurs in a tough, hard-fought seven-game series, and finally, defeated the Phoenix Suns led by two time league MVP and former Mavericks point guard Steve Nash in a rematch of last year's Semifinals in six games in the Western Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. However, it was not meant to be as they lost to the Miami Heat, who were led by Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade, in six games. Following the season, Keith Van Horn retired.

Dallas and Miami would meet again in the 2011 NBA Finals, where the Mavericks would get their revenge, defeating the favored Heat, who was led by the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, in six games to win their first ever NBA championship; teammates Nowitzki and Jason Terry are the only members of both 2006 and 2011 Finals teams.

2010–11 United States network television schedule

The following is the 2010–11 network television schedule for the five major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers prime time hours from September 2010 through May 2011. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series canceled after the 2009–10 season. As in previous years, the schedule omits the Public Broadcasting Service (whose programming is listed here). NBC was the first to announce their schedule on May 16, 2010 followed by Fox on May 17, 2010, ABC on May 18, 2010, CBS on May 19, 2010 and The CW on May 20, 2010.PBS is not included; member stations have local flexibility over most of their schedules and broadcast times for network shows may vary. The CW is not included on weekends, since it does not offer network programming. Beginning this season, MyNetworkTV is completely excluded; with the loss of WWE Friday Night SmackDown to Syfy, it has a schedule of all archived and rerun programming.

Each of the 30 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research.

Yellow indicates the top-10 most watched programs of the season.

Cyan indicates the top-20 most watched programs of the season.

Magenta indicates the top-30 most watched programs of the season.New series are highlighted in bold.

All times given are in U.S. Eastern Time and Pacific Time (except for some live events or specials). Subtract one hour for Central and Mountain times.

2011 Bonnaroo Music Festival

The 2011 Bonnaroo Music Festival was held June 9–12, in Manchester, Tennessee and marked the 10th time the festival has been held since its inception in 2002. This year also marked the first return of the SuperJam since 2008.

2011 in sports

The year 2011 in sports saw a number of significant events, some of which are listed below.

American Airlines Arena

The American Airlines Arena is a sports and entertainment arena located in Downtown Miami, Florida along Biscayne Bay. It was constructed beginning in 1998 as a replacement for the Miami Arena and designed by the architecture firms Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture. The Arena is home to the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

The American Airlines Arena is directly served by the Miami Metrorail at Government Center station via free transfers to Metromover Omni Loop, providing direct service to Freedom Tower and Park West stations. The Arena is also within walking distance from the Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre Metrorail station.

The American Airlines Arena has 2,105 club seats, 80 luxury suites, and 76 private boxes. The Waterfront Theater is Florida's largest theater which is housed within the arena, that can seat between 3,000 and 5,800. The theater can be configured for concerts, family events, musical theatre and other stage shows. American Airlines which has a hub at Miami International Airport maintains the American Airlines Arena Travel Center at the venue.The airline also holds the naming rights for another NBA venue, the American Airlines Center for the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars, which opened in 2001.

American Airlines Center

American Airlines Center (AAC) is a multi-purpose arena, located in the Victory Park neighborhood in downtown Dallas, Texas. The arena serves as the home to the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, and the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. The arena is also used for concerts and other live entertainment. It opened in 2001 at a cost of $420 million.

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is a German retired professional basketball player. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK Würzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was chosen as the ninth pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks, where he played his entire 21-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career. In the NBA, he won the league Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 2007, was an NBA champion in 2011, and was a 14-time All-Star.

Listed at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), Nowitzki is widely regarded as one of the greatest power forwards of all time and he is considered by many to be the greatest European player of all time. Nowitzki has led the Mavericks to 15 NBA playoff appearances (2001–2012; 2014–2016), including the franchise's first Finals appearance in 2006 and its only NBA championship in 2011. Known for his scoring ability, his versatility, his accurate outside shooting, and his trademark fadeaway jump shot, Nowitzki won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2007 and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2011.

Nowitzki's NBA career has been filled with accomplishments. He is the only player ever to play for a single franchise for 21 seasons. Nowitzki is a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time All-NBA Team member, the first European player to start in an All-Star Game, and the first European player to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Nowitzki is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history. He is the first Maverick voted onto an All-NBA Team and holds several all-time Mavericks franchise records. On December 10, 2012, he became the first non-American player to receive the Naismith Legacy Award. As of March 18, 2019, Nowitzki stood sixth on the list of National Basketball Association career scoring leaders.Nowitzki's career in international play is also noteworthy. He led the German national basketball team to a bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and silver in EuroBasket 2005, and was the leading scorer and MVP in both tournaments.

Dominique Jones

Dominique O'Neal Jones (born October 15, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Jilin Northeast Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). A noted scorer in college, Jones had the second-highest scoring average in the Big East conference during the 2009–10 season.

Dwane Casey

Dwane Casey (born April 17, 1957) is an American basketball coach who is the head coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a former NCAA basketball player and coach, having played and coached there for over a decade before moving on to the NBA.

James Jones (basketball player)

James Andrew Jones (born October 4, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He currently serves as the general manager for the Phoenix Suns.

Jones was a four-year letterman at American High School in Hialeah, Florida. He averaged 25 points per game as a senior, earning Class 6A Player of the Year and First-team All-State honors. He then played college basketball for the Miami Hurricanes of the University of Miami, where he was a three-year starter and finished his career averaging 11 points per game. He was named Third-team All-Big East his junior year and Second-team Verizon Academic All-American his senior year. He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Jones was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the 2003 NBA draft. He went on to play for the Pacers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. He won three NBA championships, two with the Heat and one with the Cavaliers. He and teammate LeBron James reached the NBA Finals for seven consecutive years from 2011 to 2017. Jones was never on an NBA team with a losing record and only missed the playoffs once—with the Trail Blazers in 2007–08. He finished third in the NBA in three-point percentage during the 2007–08 season and won the Three-Point Contest in 2011. His nickname is "Champ".

Jason Kidd

Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He most recently served as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Previously a point guard in the NBA, Kidd was a 10-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. He won an NBA Championship in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, and was a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner during his pro career, as part of Team USA in 2000 and 2008. He was inducted as a player into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Kidd played college basketball for the California Golden Bears and was drafted second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft. He was named co-NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Mavericks. Then, from 1996 to 2001, Kidd played for the Phoenix Suns and later for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008. He led the Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. In the middle of the 2007–08 season, Kidd was traded back to Dallas. At age 38, Kidd won his only NBA championship when Dallas defeated Miami in the 2011 NBA Finals. He finished his playing career in 2013 with the New York Knicks. The following season, he became the head coach of the Nets, who had relocated from New Jersey to Brooklyn. After one season, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he coached for four seasons until he was fired mid-season in 2018.

Kidd's ability to pass and rebound made him a regular triple-double threat, and he retired ranked third all-time in the NBA for regular season triple-doubles with a career total of 107 and third in playoff triple-doubles with a career total of 11. He ranks second on the NBA all-time lists in career assists and steals and ninth in 3-point field goals made.

List of 2019–20 NBA season transactions

This is a list of transactions that have taken place during the 2019 NBA off-season and the 2019–20 NBA season.

List of Dallas Mavericks head coaches

The Dallas Mavericks are an American professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team joined the NBA in 1980 as an expansion team, and won their first Western Conference championship in 2006. The Mavericks have played their home games at the American Airlines Center since 2001. The Mavericks are owned by Mark Cuban, and Donnie Nelson is their general manager.There have been nine head coaches for the Mavericks franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Dick Motta, who served for two non-consecutive stints, and coached for nine seasons with the Mavericks. Motta is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games lost (409); Carlisle is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season game wins (437); Avery Johnson is the franchise's all-time leader for the most playoff games coached (47), the most playoff-game wins (23), and the highest winning percentage in the regular season (.735). Nelson is also named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. Johnson led the Mavericks to the franchise's first Finals appearance in 2006, only to lose to the Miami Heat in six games. Johnson is also the only Mavericks coach to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, having won it in the 2005–06 season. Quinn Buckner and Jim Cleamons have spent their entire NBA coaching careers with the Mavericks. Only one of the Mavericks coaches, Don Nelson has been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. Rick Carlisle has been the head coach of the Mavericks since 2008. Carlisle led the Mavericks to the franchise's first NBA Championship in its second Finals appearance, defeating the Miami Heat in six games in the 2011 NBA Finals.

Rick Carlisle

Richard Preston Carlisle ( KAR-lyl; born October 27, 1959) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. As a player, Carlisle played for the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets. He is also one of only 11 people to win an NBA championship both as a player and as a coach.

Ring Pop

Ring Pop is a brand of fruit flavored lollipops manufactured by Topps. They are in the form of a wearable plastic ring with a large hard candy "jewel" and come in an assortment of flavors. They were invented by Frank Richards in 1975.

Frank Richards, who was a product engineer for Topps in Duryea, Pennsylvania wanted to help curtail his daughter's habit of thumb sucking. He designed Ring Pops when he saw a market for providing an alternative.

Roman Reloaded (song)

"Roman Reloaded" is a song by American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj. The song, featuring American rapper Lil Wayne, is from Minaj's second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. After being premiered on February 23, 2012 on Hot 97 radio, "Roman Reloaded" was released to digital outlets the next day as a promotional single. It was produced by Rico Beats.

Ross Perot Jr.

Henry Ross Perot Jr. (born November 7, 1958) is a real estate developer and American businessman who is best known for his development of AllianceTexas, an inland port near Dallas-Fort Worth, and his circumnavigation of the world in a helicopter at the age of 23.

Perot serves as the Chairman for multiple companies including The Perot Group and Hillwood. He is the elder son of billionaire American businessman and former United States presidential candidate Ross Perot.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Lithuanian: Žydrūnas Ilgauskas; Lithuanian pronunciation: [ʑiːˈdrûːnɐs ɪɫˈɡɐ̂ˑʊ̯skɐs] (listen); born June 5, 1975) is a Lithuanian American retired professional basketball center of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1996 to 2010, and is the team's career leader in rebounds and blocks. He also played for the Miami Heat during the 2010–11 season.In 2012, Ilgauskas joined the Cavaliers' front office, becoming a special advisor for the team.

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