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2011 NBA Finals: Breaking Down Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks '06 Redux

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2011 NBA Finals: Breaking Down Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks '06 Redux
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Can Dirk Nowitzki lead the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat and claim the franchise's first ever NBA Championship?

The Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat have proven the basketball world wrong with their tough and convincing path to the NBA Finals this year.

The Mavericks swept the two-time defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, while the Heat easily dismantled the Eastern Conference's top seed, the Chicago Bulls, in just five games.

Both teams are now ready for the heavyweight rematch of the 2006 Finals and a shot at basketball immortality.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals starts Tuesday, 5/31 at 9:00EST on ABC. Here is a breakdown of what you need to know before the opening tip.  

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