Reliving the Dallas Mavericks NBA Championship Run

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The 2011 Dallas Mavericks made a great playoff run that ended with a NBA Championship.

The 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks finished the 2010-2011 season with a record of 57-25 finishing second in their division behind the San Antonio Spurs. The Mavericks held the number 3 seed in the Western Conference. Dallas would welcome the Portland Trailblazers in the first round of the playoffs.

Western Conference First Round: Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trailblazers

Portland came into this series at the number 6 seed and wanted to pull off the upset on the number 3 seed Dallas Mavericks. The Dallas Mavericks would come out and win their first two home games. Dallas had a strong lead on the series heading to Portland. The Trailblazers would not be out done by the Dallas Mavericks. Portland came out and won games 3 and 4 evening up the series.

The Dallas Mavericks would come out in game 5 and control the boards. Tyson Chandler recorded 20 rebounds in the Mavericks win over the Trailblazers. Dallas was heading into game 6 looking to close out the series. Dirk Nowitzki would control game 6 and lead the Dallas Mavericks to a win in game 6 to close out the series. Dirk averaged 27.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 3 APG in the first round series against the Portland Trailblazers.

Western Conference Semifinals: Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers

The Dallas Mavericks were riding the momentum from the Portland series. They carried that momentum into the Western Conference Semifinals series against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Maverick and Lakers fans were looking forward to a competitive series between the two teams.

The first three games of the series were close battles, but the Dallas Mavericks had more help from their role players. The Los Angeles Lakers were no match for the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki and his supporting cast were too much for the Lakers to handle. Game 4 was a blow out win for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki would lead the way for the Mavericks by averaging 25.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, and 2.5 APG. The Dallas Mavericks were rolling into the Western Conference Finals with all the momentum.

Western Conference Finals: Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder were led by their three young stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden. Oklahoma City played the Mavericks tough and Durant, Westbrook, and Harden started to look like the future of the NBA.

The Mavericks may have won the series 4-1, but it was closer than it looked. All the games in the series were decided by less than 10 points. The Mavericks experience would lead them past the Thunder. Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, and Shawn Marion would lead the Mavericks to the NBA Finals. The Dallas Mavericks would be heading to the Finals to play the Miami Heat.

NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks vs Miami Heat

The Miami Heat were the most hated team in the NBA in the 2010-2011 season. This all came from LeBron James making “The Decision” to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Miami held a big welcoming stating that they would win multiple championships before the season started. LeBron, Wade, and Bosh wanted to make quick work of the Mavericks and hoist their first NBA Championship together.

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The Mavericks came into the series as underdogs and after Game 1 it started to look like the Miami Heat would run away with the series. Dallas would come in and win Game 2 and tie up the series. LeBron was on a mission to win his first NBA Championship. The Miami Heat would win Game 3.

The Mavericks would shock the NBA by winning the next 3 games and upsetting the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. LeBron, Wade, and Bosh failed to win their first championship together. Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks completed the mission that every team in the NBA wanted to do. They knocked off the Miami Heat and hoisted the trophy. Dirk Nowitzki would be named Finals MVP by averaging 26.0 PPG, 9.7 RPG, and 2.0 APG.

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