The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 period of the National Basketball Association (NBA) where the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat four games to 2 to win their first NBA championship. The show was held from May 31. German participant Dirk Nowitzki was named the Finals MVP, becoming the second European to win the award after Tony Parker (2007) and the first German player to do so. The show was a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat had won in six games.
Going into the show, the Heat were heavy favorites using 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 as the establishment of the two –3–2 format to enter Game 3 tied at one, eliminate Game 3 and still win the Finals. The previous 11 times this happened, 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 at the show two or more separate times (one game to none, and two matches to one). The previous six times that happened, the Finals finished in seven games; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to do it in six matches.
ABC averaged 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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