For the first time in franchise history, the Dallas Mavericks are bringing the NBA Championship trophy home with them to Dallas, Texas. While much has been said about the collapse of the Miami Heat and LeBron James, credit needs to be given to the Mavericks for their battle off the bench and tough defensive stand against some of the league’s best talent. Not only did the Mavs rely on Finals MVP, Dirk Nowitzki, as owner Mark Cuban stated this week, the team’s win was a result of toughness and teamwork. Gone were the memories of a failed attempt at domination during the 2006 Finals. Fitting that the Mavericks managed to eliminate the Miami Heat, a team that kept them from their own dreams of a title during their last attempt.
The Mavericks fought back from a big loss to win Game 2 and continued to stun the Heat in fourth-quarter action throughout the series. The last two games were the most convincing wins, with the Mavs winning in 9 and 10-point decisions. Dallas relied on contributions across the board, with local fan favorite (formerly of the Austin Toros and San Antonio Spurs) Ian Mahinmi adding a buzzer-beating 3-point shot to end the 3rd quarter on Sunday.
After Game 3, Dirk Nowitzki criticized teammate Jason Terry for not stepping up and delivering a clutch performance. Terry responded to Dirk’s harsh words on Sunday evening with a 27-point game, something that the Mavericks really needed out of him. Terry was 11 of 16 from the field and 3 for 3 on 3-pointers. Game 6 was his best, most efficient game of the series.
Over 24 million people tuned in to watch Game 6, the highest ratings that ABC has enjoyed in almost ten years. All of our Third Base locations were buzzing with excitement for the series as well. Dallas is planning a parade for Thursday morning (paid for by one Mark Cuban), which is expected to be attended by upwards of 250,000 people and to cost up to $1 million. The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the NBA’s finals games in Dallas, brought in up to $16 million in revenue, something sure to help the city’s budget deficits.