Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki's Fourth Quarter Closes out First Title for Mavs
Balanced Scoring Turns Into Nowitzki Show For Victorious Dallas Mavericks
For three quarters, Dirk Nowitzki’s teammates picked him up while he limped to an 11-point scoring performance. In the fourth, he returned the favor.
The Dallas Mavericks sealed their first-ever NBA Championship thanks to an exceptional offensive effort that featured nearly as many three-pointers made (11) as free throws made (12). Nowitzki’s 10-point fourth quarter helped stave off any Miami comeback hopes, as the Finals MVP finished with the same 21 points and 11 boards he posted in his much-discussed, fever-plagued Game 4 effort.
Nowitzki, for a rarity, wasn’t even the leading scorer on his own team, an honor that went to super-sub Jason Terry (27 points on 11-of-16 shooting). For the Heat, LeBron James’ team-high 21 weren’t nearly enough.
The Heat were let down by their defense, which allowed Dallas to shoot 50 percent from the floor on the night. The Mavericks took full advantage, with four scorers in double-digits for the third straight game (all, not coincidentally, won by Dallas).
After four defensive struggles, the series was tied at two games apiece. When the offenses showed up for the final two games, it turned out that not even LeBron James and Dwyane Wade could keep up with Dirk Nowitzki and the NBA champion Mavericks.
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