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2011 NBA Finals
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Team Coach Wins
Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlisle 4
Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra 2
Dates: May 31 – June 12
MVP: Dirk Nowitzki
(Dallas Mavericks)
Eastern Finals: Heat defeated Bulls, 4–1
Western Finals: Mavericks defeated Thunder, 4–1

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 in six games to win their first NBA championship. The series was held from May 31 to June 12, 2011. Mavericks forward and 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. The series was a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat had won in six games to win their first NBA championship.

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

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. 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 Playoffs

Dallas Mavericks (Western Conference Champion) Miami Heat (Eastern Conference Champion)
57–25 (.695)

2nd Southwest, 3rd West, 5th Overall

Regular season 58–24 (.707)

1st Southeast, 2nd East, 3rd Overall

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

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Away Team
Game 1 May 31 Miami 92–84 Dallas
Game 2 June 2 Miami 93–95 Dallas
Game 3 June 5 Dallas 86–88 Miami
Game 4 June 7 Dallas 86–83 Miami
Game 5 June 9 Dallas 112–103 Miami
Game 6 June 12 Miami 95–105 Dallas
Preceded by
2010
NBA Finals
2011
Succeeded by
2012
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