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Dallas Mavericks win NBA Championship over the Heat

by Derrick Johnson on June 13, 2011

The Dallas Mavericks, led by Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, have won the NBA Championships over the Miami Heat, winning 105-95 and capturing the honor for the first time in its franchise history.

The team has been described by many to be a more humble group compared to the Heat, which recruited LeBron James along with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.

Nowitzki, who won the Most Valuable Player trophy, said that the feeling of being the best in the league was indescribable.

"I still really can't believe it. The team worked so long and so hard. The team deserves this. The Mavs nation deserves this," Nowitski told CNN. "I gotta give it up for the fellas."

His teammate Terry was a little more confident that the Mavs would win, judging by the tattoo of the championship trophy that he had drawn on his arm prior to the finals.

"When you did something as crazy as I did, you have to back it up," Terry told the news source about his tattoo. "This team never gave up when faced with adversity. We never gave up. Tonight we got vindication."

On the other side of the court, Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra asked for leniency in judgments against his team's star player, who shouldered a heavy weight of unfulfilled potential. Spoelstra said that James had made a "sacrifice" to join his team and that he was "an ultimate team player," according to the New York Times.

However, James himself was critical of his own performance.

"Anytime you feel like you get to the top of the mountain and you fall off, there’s definitely a personal failure," LeBron told the news outlet.

LeBron joined Miami and left his Cleveland Cavaliers to much hype and criticism in the media.


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