DALLAS — June 12 commemorates the sixth-year anniversary of the Dallas Mavericks winning 105-95 over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.
The Mavericks won their first world championship with a 4-2 series victory.
After falling down 2-1, the Mavericks rallied to win the next three games and hand “The Big Three” of Miami’s Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James a loss in the NBA Finals a little under a year after their 2010 unification.
Nowitzki, who earned Finals MVP honors, had a game-high 27 points with 18 of those points having come in the second half after a poor first half shooting performance.
Dallas led by nine points heading into the fourth quarter after Ian Mahinmi’s buzzer beater gave the Mavericks an 81-72 cushion. With 2:27 left in Game 6, Nowitzki hit a jumper to give the Mavericks a 10-point lead at 99-89.
The win for the Mavericks was redemption in more ways than one. Not only did Dallas complete the job they mismanaged in 2006 when they similarly blew a 2-1 lead, but they also vanquished the franchise they stood in the way of their inaugural championship, the Heat.
It appears today's the six-year anniversary of the Mavs beating LeBron/Wade/Bosh in the NBA Finals. Never gets old. pic.twitter.com/w4Dmg9mljV
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) June 12, 2017
“Tonight we got vindication,” said guard Jason Terry, who was part of that defeated 2006 squad.
Said head coach Rick Carlisle: “This is a true team. This is an old bunch. We don’t run fast or jump high. These guys had each other’s backs. We played the right way. We trusted the pass. This is a phenomenal thing for the city of Dallas.”
Veteran point guard Jason Kidd, who lost in his previous two Finals appearances with the New Jersey Nets in consecutive seasons from 2002-03, was in awe of the journey.
“I can’t believe the journey,” Kidd said. “The journey, the character of my teammates telling me they wanted to get me a championship. Tonight they came out and played well.”