Mavs’ Big Team sheds negative labels with team’s first title


Posted Jun 13 2011 1:30AM


MIAMI — All the smoke and glitter, laser shows and summertime hype generated in this building 11 months ago wasn’t enough to overcome the unifying force of energy the Dallas Mavericks unleashed on this night and in this series.

In the end, the Miami Heat’s Big 3 couldn’t overcome the Mavericks’ Big Team, from one through 12.

The old school bunch that fought off the demons that fuel its own collective history of coming up short, the missed opportunities from The Finals against the Heat in 2006 and all the other postseason missteps of the past five years, walked out AmericanAirlines Arena late Sunday night with that Larry O’Brien trophy they’d all dreamed of for years.

“It feels amazing now to know that nobody can ever take this way away from us again,” Mavericks star and Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki said, “and for one year we’re the best team that was out there. That feels amazing.”

Nowitzki and Jason Terry avenged the that six-game loss in The Finals five years ago, closing the door on the Heat’s championship hopes on their home floor this time, the same way Dwyane Wade and the Heat did back then.

“Dirk and Jet have had to live with those demons for five years,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “And as of tonight, those demons are officially destroyed.”


Jason Kidd’s 17-year (and counting) journey, which included two missed opportunities on this same stage in back-to-back seasons with New Jersey earlier in his career, will now include a championship.






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