The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 period of this National Basketball Association (NBA) where the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat four games to two to win their first NBA championship. The series was held from May 31 to June 12, 2011. German player Dirk Nowitzki was named the Finals MVP, becoming the second European to win the award after Tony Parker (2007) and also the first German player to do so. The show was a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat had won in six matches.
Going into the series, the Heat were heavy favorites with their recently acquired superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh together with returning superstar Dwyane Wade.
The Dallas Mavericks became the first team in NBA history since the establishment of the 2–3–2 format to input Game 3 tied at one, lose Game 3 and still win the Finals. The previous 11 times this occurred, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series.The Mavericks also became just the 7th team, and the first since 1988, to come back and win the Finals after being down in the show two or more separate times (one match to none, and two matches to one). The previous six times that occurred, the Finals finished in seven games; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to take action in six matches.
ABC gained a 10.1 rating, 11.7 million households and almost 17.3 million viewers with the 2011 Finals, based on Nielsen.
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