The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005–06 National Basketball Association season. The Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat won the title in six games over the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks, becoming the third team—after the 1969 Boston Celtics and the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers—to win a championship after trailing 0–2 in the series. Dwyane Wade of the Heat was named Most Valuable Player of the series.
This series marked the first time since 1971 that the Finals featured two teams playing in their first NBA Finals series. It was the first occasion since 1978 that two teams who had never won an NBA Championship contested the NBA Finals. The two teams met again five years later in 2011, the second Finals appearance for both franchises, with the Mavericks winning the rematch over the Heat in six games.
This was the second NBA Finals matchup of teams from Florida and Texas, after the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic contested the 1995 NBA Finals. Until the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals, it was the last Finals loss by a team from Texas (the Rockets lost in 1981 and 1986) against eight championships (five by the Spurs, two by the Rockets, and one by the Mavericks, who won the rematch of this Finals in 2011).
This, along with 2004 and 2008, was one of only three NBA championships in the 2000s to be won by a team other than either the Los Angeles Lakers or San Antonio Spurs as well as the only one in the 2000s not to feature either team.
2006 NBA Playoffs
|Dallas Mavericks (Western Conference Champion)||Miami Heat (Eastern Conference Champion)|
2nd Southwest, 4th West, 3rd Overall
|Regular season||52–30 (.634)
1st Southeast, 2nd East, 5th Overall
|Defeated the (5) Memphis Grizzlies, 4–0||First Round||Defeated the (7) Chicago Bulls, 4–2|
|Defeated the (1) San Antonio Spurs, 4–3||Conference Semifinals||Defeated the (3) New Jersey Nets, 4–1|
|Defeated the (2) Phoenix Suns, 4–2||Conference Finals||Defeated the (1) Detroit Pistons, 4–2|
|Game||Date||Home Team||Result||Away Team|
|Game 1||June 8||Dallas||90–80||Miami|
|Game 2||June 11||Dallas||99–86||Miami|
|Game 3||June 13||Miami||98–96||Dallas|
|Game 4||June 15||Miami||98–74||Dallas|
|Game 5||June 18||Miami||101–100 (OT)||Dallas|
|Game 6||June 20||Dallas||92–95||Miami|