2011 NBA Finals

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2011 NBA Finals
NBA Finals logo
Team Coach Wins
Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlisle 4
Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra 2
Dates: May 31 – June 12
MVP: Dirk Nowitzki[1]
(Dallas Mavericks)
Television: ABC & ESPN 3D(U.S.)
TSN (Canada)
ABS-CBN and Studio 23 (Philippines)
Announcers: Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy (ABC)
Mark Jones, Bruce Bowen (Gms 1-2, 5-6), and Tim Legler (Gms 3-4) (ESPN 3D)
Radio network: ESPN
Announcers: Mike 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: Dan 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
Eastern Finals: Heat defeated Bulls, 4–1
Western Finals: Mavericks defeated Thunder, 4–1
NBA Finals

The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat, 4–2, to win their first NBA title. Dallas became the latest NBA team from Texas to win its first title, after the Houston Rockets won back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995, and the San Antonio Spurs won in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007; all three Texas NBA teams have now won at least one NBA Championship. It was also the first time in four years that the Los Angeles Lakers did not make the Finals.

The series was held from May 31 to June 12, 2011. Under the 2–3–2 rotation, the Miami Heat had home-court advantage; the Heat hosted Games 1, 2, and 6, and was set to host a deciding Game 7, had one been necessary. German player Dirk Nowitzki was named the Finals MVP. Nowitzki was the second European to win the award after Tony Parker (2007); he is the first German to win the award.[2]

Going into the series, the Heat were heavy favorites[3][4] with their newly acquired stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh along with returning star Dwyane Wade. The series was a rematch of the 2006 Finals, which was won by the Heat in six games after Dallas blew a 2–0 series lead.[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 Dallas 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 6 times this happened, the Finals ended in seven games; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to do it in six games.

In addition, Dallas became the first West Coast Team to win a finals appearance in which one or more players skipped breakfast on gameday, a handicap they suffered twice. Jason Kidd forgot his customary Power bar on the kitchen table the morning of game four, and both Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion neglected to eat on the morning of game six. It should be noted that Lebron James missed breakfast the morning of game four, perhaps accounting for his lackluster performance.

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

Background[edit]

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.

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 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[edit]

Main article: 2011 NBA Playoffs
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 x-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695 4
3 y-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 (6) Portland Trail Blazers, 4–2 First round Defeated the (7) Philadelphia 76ers, 4–1
Defeated the (2) Los Angeles Lakers, 4–0 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (3) Boston Celtics, 4–1
Defeated the (4) Oklahoma City Thunder, 4–1 Conference Finals Defeated the (1) Chicago Bulls, 4–1

Regular-season series[edit]

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[edit]

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

Game 1[edit]

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

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[edit]

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 another 3 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 is the second straight Finals with a 1–1 split after two games, after five straight years with one team leading 2–0 (2005–2009).

Game 3[edit]

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: Dan 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 series 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' insurmountable 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[edit]

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[edit]

2011 Dallas Mavericks Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y–M–D) From
G 11 Puerto Rico Barea, Jose Juan 6 ft 0 in (1.83 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)
Athletic trainer(s)
Strength and conditioning coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured
2011 Miami Heat Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y–M–D) 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
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)
Athletic trainer(s)
Strength and conditioning coach(es)

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

Broadcast notes[edit]

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, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy 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[edit]

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 December 25.

On Opening Day, the Heat trounced 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. Like the Heat in 2007, the seventh-seeded Mavericks were swept in the first round of the playoffs, courtesy of 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 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.

After the Mavericks got swept by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs, Dallas Mavericks point guard from their NBA championship season (Jason Kidd) went to the New York Knicks where he played with them for one season. After losing in the conference semifinals of the 2013 NBA playoffs to the Indiana Pacers, Jason Kidd announced that he would retire. The announcement came two days after his fellow 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year (Grant Hill) retired. One week later, Jason Kidd became the head coach for the Brooklyn Nets (his former team).

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