2011 NBA FINALS GAME 6 -- Mavericks 105, Heat 95: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. You knew it was going to be an intense game ... even before the game. During shootaround at American Airlines Arena this afternoon neither Dwyane Wade nor LeBron James would respond to Dirk Nowitzki calling their mocking video "childish" and "ignorant." Their response: "We have no comment." Before the tip-off, Dirk bumped fists with only Joel Anthony and Mario Chalmers, and they both came to him if you know what I mean. Asked Mavs' GM Donnie Nelson on Friday if he hated the Heat. "Let me," he said, "take the high road." Delicious.

9. Not a paid advertisement, just an FYI: Big group of Mavs' players -- including Nowitzki -- spent time after Game 5 getting adjusted by Highland Park chiropractor Dr. Mary Collings.  

8. What a classy move by owner Mark Cuban. He allowed founding father Don Carter to first hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy. Very cool.

7. How could the Mavs lose a game with positive contributions from Brian Cardinal and ... Ian Mahinmi? The backup backup center's improbable offensive-rebound-and-jumper at the third quarter gave Dallas a nine-point cushion heading into the final 12 minutes.

6. Said hello to Cuban before the game. Since taking his vow of media silence mid-Portland series, he's been committed. Dude hasn't blogged since April 12 and tonight he only greeted me with a fist bump and a "Look how great that is!" while pointing to a pocket of Mavs fans.

5. Mavs this season beat every NBA team except the Bulls ... and Bucks. And that turned out to be a good thing. When Milwaukee beat the Mavs in Dallas in December it ended a long winning streak and, um, guaranteed a title?

4. The refs haven't been great in The Finals, especially in rewarding Wade's constant, ridiculous flopping for fouls. But they -- with the help of instant replay -- sorted out the second-quarter fight exactly right. After Eddie House hit a 3-pointer to cap a Heat 14-0 run Mavs' coach Rick Carlisle called a timeout. But Udonis Haslem raised a triumphant fist and headed not toward Miami's bench, but rather toward mid-court to purposefully cut in front of DeShawn Stevenson. Haslem was looking for trouble, and found it. They went nose-to-nose, no biggie. Double technicals. But the thing escalated when Mario Chalmers butted his chicken-shit nose in the mix by running up and shoving Stevenson in the back. He deserved a T as well, and got one. The result? Two T's on Miami and one on Dallas netted the Mavs a free throw. And since the skirmish occurred during a timeout, no player leaving the bench was subjected to a suspension. Liked it. Reminiscent of Lakers-Celtics of the '80s or Knicks-Heat of the '90s.

3. Dirk wasn't great, but he finally put the Heat away with a Flamingo Fadeaway and a lefty layup. How good is he? He joins this list with 10-plus All-Star appearances and at least one MVP and one title and one Finals MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Tim Duncan, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal.

2. Jason Eugene Terry, take a bow. When Dirk struggled, you kept Dallas in the game and then pushed it ahead with 27 points. I've said it all year, when Terry is good the Mavs can be great. And when Terry is great, the Mavs can be, well, the best.

1. Sometimes this crazy, cruel world is fair and just. After blowing the NBA Finals on this very court five years ago, the Mavericks returned to face their demons. They took Wade's best shot, stifled LeBron and exorcised 31 years of "almost" and officially killed "soft." Never thought I'd be able to type this: Dallas Mavericks = NBA Champs!

Update at 12:30 a.m.: fan photos from the American Airlines Center.
The OC Weekly has culled a great list of Dirk's top seven musical moments.


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Lebron's failures
Lebron's failures

Loved how the WFAA reporters mentioned that it was a good thing thatLebron had already celebrated winning the championship before the season started. Ooops.

Mishon
Mishon

Since I am always quick to point out when RW gets a prediction horribly wrong, props to Whitt for getting Mavs in 6. Although, even the sun shines on a dog's ass some days.

I still can't believe that our Dallas Mavericks are NBA Champions. I hope they get these labor issues worked out quickly, and let's do this again next year!

Rooster
Rooster

We gotta give him credit for the DW failure wish, also....

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Just found out that this is officially Lebron James day in the DFW metro...we all get to take off at 4:48 pm...cause Lebron't takes off the last 12 minutes.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Umm I hoping this haze in my eyes goes away soon, 2 bottles of gatorade and a gallon of water and I still piss dark yellow.  methinks someone celebrated a little hard last night.  Proud of the Mavs, and the way they absolutely PUNKED those bitches from Miami

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I think Homer Simpson put it best:

Woohoo!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

congrats Mavvies. Very happy for Dirk and Kidd. As I promised, I have retired my little pony avatar and changed it to my buddy RW. Failure Jesus, please be easy on me.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Change it back...I can't handle looking at RW's bulge eye and lack of talent til we win another Championship.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I wanted to find the greatest pic of RW pre-hair plugs. This is the best I can do. You should see the hot in the bikini that's kissing his picture.

Rkramer
Rkramer

Bless you failure Jesus... R.I.P. 6,3,1...

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

I hope Jerry Jones is taking notes. Dallas loves a classy winner who just gets the job done (Rangers and Mavs) a lot more than a team who can't win because there is an oversized ego standing in the way.Hire a competent GM and lets make this a 3-winner city.Couldn't be happier for Dirk!

booger
booger

Now just do it three (3) more times and the Mavs will be as good as the Spurs.

Cowtown
Cowtown

The Mavs are NBA champions. The Spurs got beat in the first round by the #8 seed. The Mavs are much better than the Spurs. I live in the moment.

Fj Held
Fj Held

Congrats to the Mavs and Dallas fans on a fitting end to a great season.

J. Held, Fort Lauderdale, FL

d-head dave
d-head dave

It's getting real easy to dislike La-yawn James! Dallas just got in their heads.

Tommes Tongefaess
Tommes Tongefaess

Dirk, du bist der Größte!Wir in Deutschland haben mitgefiebert, obwohl wir es nicht im Fernsehen anschauen konnten.Gruß aus BaWü

Dirk, you are the greatest!We in Germany were sharing the thrill with you, although we couldn´t watch the game on free TV.Greetings from the German state of Baden-Württemberg

MartinReiker
MartinReiker

Hello i-am from germany. Can someone explain me, if Dirk is really one of the biggest? Here in germany we can't even watch the Game, no channel wanted to get the rights. So we had to look for an internet steam an watch the game with 6 people and bad quality.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Dirk is highly thought of Martin.  Even more so now that he has a championship. He will be a hall of famer, and he goes about his profession in a very businesslike manner.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

Yeah, there will be some arguments here and there, but it will be hard to deny him his place in history when it is all said and done at the end of his career. Yep, Dirk is one of the best.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

Serve me up a big helping of crow. I said they would bow out in the first round. Count me happily wrong. Good job Mavs. Right there with you on #8. Thought that was pretty damn cool.Cuban has been all over the tube, sitting here at nearly 2 watching the aftermath. Glad to have you back Mark. Webber looked like he was about to jump out of his chair getting ready for his turn.I do NOT want to see pictures of LeBatard in whatever skimpy swimwear he agrees to wear as payoff for that bet with Barkley.Dirk looks about as uncomfortable in that cap as any damnyankee that ever mistakenly put on the obligatory gifted cowboy hat when visiting Tejas the first time. This just in: ESPN still sucks for NBA coverage. I didn't think I would miss the half-assed times of TNT and the 930/1027 game but I abandoned the mouse-eared network to find NBAtv. Not going to miss Doris Burke, but she provided her share of radio bits. I can't remember if it was Jackson or Van Gundy that mentioned the body language of the Heat at some point in the second half, but that was about the point when I actually thought theMavs might win this thing. Damn right boys. Won it all.

Basketball Jones
Basketball Jones

It was great to see Cuban realize his place for a particular time and let his players and coaches do the talking during the 16-5 playoff run.

Flynn Michael McStay
Flynn Michael McStay

The Mavs brought their talents to South Beach!!! Congrats to the 2011 NBA World Champs!!! I am in such a great mood!!!!  

I have waited for the last 30 years to say this, my Dallas Mavericks are now the NBA Champions. Really missing Dad right now, we both would have loved this. Can anyone back in Texas get me Mavs NBA SHIRTS XXXL...Thanks 

Dallas
Dallas

Dear Cleveland,

You're Welcome.

Love,Dallas

em
em

Imagine this team next year with Caron back...

Can't wait to see the new round of drunk Dirk photos that will surly surface sometime soon...

em
em

Does Msvs Man get a ring?

J's bs
J's bs

Whooooooooooooooooo!

Aj122682
Aj122682

Now that the so called great Dirk has won that damn ring, Please stop comparing him to the greatness of Larry "Legend" Bird. He is no Larry "Legend."

Kiki
Kiki

You're right, Dirk has actually averaged more points and rebounds in the playoffs than Bird did. Which I will say that Bird didn't need to since he had Parish and McHale. But if Dirk was playing with those guys he wouldn't have just one title at this point.

Jim
Jim

No Dirk is no Larry Bird, he is a star in his own right. Larry Bird is my all time favorite but that takes nothing away from Dirk. They both are hall of famers. Sit back and enjoy Dirks  talents like I enjoyed watching Larry Bird.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Do you go over to children's houses on Christmas and tell them that their shiny new bicycles suck?

Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson

Oh what a night - great game, great team oh what a wonderful journey.

SCamp
SCamp

Agree with classy move of letting Don Carter accept the trophy. Thanks to Mark Cuban.

terry
terry

the heat were a joke to watch and lebron's walk of shame was hilarious to watch

lonstar70
lonstar70

The guy that wrote this article needs to take a refresher course in grammar and sentence structure. Yikes!

Good job Mavs! I didn't want to see this go to 7!

Beda
Beda

"The guy WHO wrote this article . . ."

lonstar70
lonstar70

Well I'm not a "reporter" writing articles. I think it's a little more important that HE get it right, not me. Plus, show me how my sentence is a mistake. I'll be happy to concede if you are right.

Beda
Beda

Who refers to people. That and which refer to groups or things.

284E
284E

The parade in downtown Dallas is going to be insane.

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