NBA Finals 2011: The Top 5 Games of the Dallas Mavericks' Championship Run

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NBA Finals 2011: The Top 5 Games of the Dallas Mavericks' Championship Run
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Jason Terry's tattoo became reality.

For the Dallas Mavericks, the 2011 NBA Playoffs was a roller-coaster ride that ended in the best possible way: an NBA title.

At the start of these playoffs, the Mavericks weren't projected even to get near the NBA Finals, with some picking Dallas to be upset by their first-round opponents, the Portland Trail Blazers.

Even after Dallas prevailed, no one gave them so much as a chance against the two-time defending champs, the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the Mavs would go on to sweep the Lakers in a very convincing fashion.

But skeptics still doubted Dallas's ability to keep up their high level of play against the younger, more athletic teams of Oklahoma City and Miami.

Yet Dirk Nowitzki and company would continue to prove the doubters wrong, eventually getting the ring that the franchise had been craving for the past decade.

Throughout the playoffs, the Mavericks were a resilient team that fought for the whole 48 minutes. Time and time again, Dallas would be down in the fourth quarter, only to fight their way back as the game came down to the wire.

In clutch situations, the veterans on this Mavs team showed that they weren't afraid of the moment with their ability to close out games. This only made Mavericks' games more exciting and fun to watch.

A huge run was waiting to happen.

Lets take a look at the top five games of the Mavs' run to the championship in 2011.

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