The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 period of the National Basketball Association (NBA) where the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat four games to 2 to win their first NBA championship. The series was held from May 31. German player Dirk Nowitzki has been named the Finals MVP, becoming the 2nd European to win the award after Tony Parker (2007) and also the first German participant to achieve that. The series was a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat had won in six games.
Going into the series, the Heat were heavy favorites using 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 as the establishment of this 2–3–2 format to enter Game 3 tied at one, eliminate Game 3 and win the Finals. The past 11 times this occurred, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series.The Mavericks also became just the 7th group, and the first since 1988, to come back and win the Finals after being down at the series two or more independent times (one match to none, and later two games to one). The past six times that happened, the Finals finished in seven matches; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to do it in six games.
ABC gained a 10.1 rating, 11.7 million families and almost 17.3 million viewers with the 2011 Finals, based on Nielsen.
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