The Mavs go back to Miami tonight to play the Heat in South Beach for the first time since winning the NBA title. A good time to look back at the best moments of that very fun run.
10. Chandler's Response To Game 4 Meltdown
One game after the Mavs massive collapse at the end of Game 4 in Portland, the Mavs responded by one of the best games from a Mavs center in forever. Tyson Chandler scored 14 points with 20 rebounds in the Mavs' 93-82 win against the Blazers at the AAC to take a 3-2 series lead. The Mavs would close out the Blazers the in Game 6.
9. The Thunder Guard Dirk With One Guy
The Mavs met the Thunder in the West Finals, and coach Scott Brooks decided to prove how smart he is by putting one defender on Dirk. Nowitzki went for 48 points in a 121-112 win of Game 1.
8. JKidd Drops 24
It would be his best offensive game of the playoffs, but it would demonstrate that Jason Kidd can still play. Kidd scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, in the Mavs' 89-81 win against Portland in the first game of the playoffs. It would be the only game of the playoffs Kidd would score 20 points.
7. Rally Stuns Lakers
The entire NBA took notice when the Mavs were down by 16 in the third quarter against The Kobes in Game 1 in LA. Felt right. Down 7 entering the fourth quarter, the Mavs slowly rallied and took a 1-point lead on a pair of Dirk FTs with 19 seconds left. The Mavs won 96-94, and blew out the Lakers in Game 2.
6. Terry Can't Miss in Saint Phil's Last NBA Game
The Mavs were up 3-0 in the series, but what they did against the Lakers in Game 4 embarrassed the defending champions. Terry made 9-of-10 3-pointers and Peja Stojakovic made all six of his 3-pointers in a 122-86 win against LAL. The Mavs hit 20-of-32 from 3-point range in Phil Jackson's last game as Lakers head coach.
The Lakers destructed, melted down, and quit. Center Andrew Bynum's clothesline to a J.J. Barea drive got him ejected.
The Thunder led Game 4 of the West Finals 99-84 with five minutes remaining. They scored two points the rest of regulation as the Mavs tied it on a pair of Dirk FTs with five seconds remaining. The Mavs out-scored the Thunder 11-4 in overtime to all but wrap up the series.
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4. Jet Backs Up His Big Mouth
We all laughed when Jason Terry said Bron Bron couldn't guard him for all seven games. Terry scored 21 points in the Mavs' 112-103 win against the Heat in Game 5. Terry made 3-of-5 from 3, and the Mavs hit 13-of-19 from deep. J.J. Barea scored 17 points with 5 assists as the Mavs pulled away.
3. Dirk is Sick
Fighting a triple-digit fever, Dirk scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter including a driving layup on Udonis Haslem with 13 seconds remaining. The play was a clear-out for Dirk, who drove to his right for the game's biggest shot. The Mavs used a 21-9 run over the final 10:12 to win Game 4, 86-83. Conversely, LeBron James scored just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting.
2. Miami's Celebration Inspires Mavs Comeback
Dwyane Wade posed in front of the Mavs bench after making a 3-pointer for an 88-73 lead in Game 2 with 7:13 remaining, and a Heat 2-0 series lead was done. Then Dirk happened, and he hit a driving layup with his left hand against Chris Bosh with 3 seconds left for a 95-93 win.
1. The Mavs Win Their Title in South Beach
Terry went for 27 points to offset the worst shooting performance of Dirk's playoffs. Dirk made his 9-of-27 shots, but went off in the fourth quarter as the Mavs won their first NBA title with a 105-95 win in Game 6 in Miami.
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