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"Not one..." said Lebron James as he and the other two Kings sat in front of Miami on national television dressed in their game day apparel. He was right. They didn't win one, yet. My usage of the quote may be taken out of context but Lebron and company started counting their rings too early. Too many people, especially Miami fans, will be looking at this series as a Heat failure which is the wrong way of looking at it. But the story here isn't the Heat losing. The story is the success of Mark Cuban and the building of the Mavericks.
Within the first six minutes of the game the Heat took a quick lead 20-11. For the rest of the first quarter the Mavericks went on a 23-7 run finishing up the first quarter up 32-27. Miami determined not to let the Mavericks run away with it came back and finished up the half being down by two, 53-51.
Game 6 was just like every other game in the series. It was back and forth between the teams until the 4th quarter. With 8:57 left in the game the Mavericks took their first double digit lead the entire series. The Heat battled back a few times reducing their deficit to 9 but were unable to overcome the lead the Mavericks built. Final score was 105-95.
Dirk Nowitzki earned his finals MVP award. He averaged 25.8 points, 10 rebounds, and shot 97.1% from the free throw line during the 6 game series. He has performed but Game 6 of the finals wasn't his night to shine. Dirk did have 21 points but was surpassed by Jason Terry's 27 points. Terry shot 68.7 percent from the field and went 3-7 (42.8%) from 3-point range.
James had 21 points shooting 9-15 from the field but had a shocking +/- of -24 which is not something you'd expect. Bosh had 18 points shooting 7-9 from the field and Wade had 17 shooting 6-16 from the field.
When Mark Cuban went up to receive the Larry O'Brien Trophy he wasn't the one to take it from David Stern. Cuban gave this honor to Donald Carter, the original owner of the Mavericks. It showed the organization wasn't only a business but resembled a family. It was this attitude that led the Mavericks on the right path win a championship.
No one on the Mavericks had a ring before this championship. Kidd, 38 years of age, plans on playing for one or two more years with this group before probably retirement. This won't be the start of a dynasty due to the age of the lineup but that doesn't mean Dirk, Terry or Marion won't be around to keep the experience and leadership running in the Mavericks organization.
Again, this series shouldn't be known as "the collapse fo the three kings" or "Miami's blunder" or any stupid phrase going against Miami's odds. Miami will have plenty of opportunities to win championship(s) (don't list how many you plan on winning, just do it). This may have been the only chance the Mavericks had with their aging lineup and they took advantage. Credit the Mavs with a win.
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