Team effort lifts Mavericks to win firt NBA title, beat Heat 105-95
ASSOCIATED PRESS June 12, 2011 8:34PM
Dallas Mavericks' Jason Terry (31) and Dirk Nowitzki try to break up a scuffle by DeShawn Stevenson and Mario Chalmers during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Updated: June 12, 2011 11:17PM
MIAMI (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki got the Dallas Mavericks to the brink of an NBA championship. His teammates did the rest, a perfect ending for a club that talked all season about its greatest strength being the sum of its parts.
Nowitzki missed 11 of his first 12 shots and matched his series low with 21 points, yet with Jason Terry scoring 27 and every starter and reserve making some sort of significant contribution, the Mavericks beat the Miami Heat 105-95 Sunday night to wrap up the first title in franchise history.
The difference-makers were everywhere: from Ian Mahinmi and his stepback jumper and third quarter buzzer-beater to DeShawn Stevenson and his three 3-pointers in the first half; from Brian Cardinal making a 3 and drawing a charge to J.J. Barea improving to 3-0 as a starter.