2011 NBA Playoffs | The Dallas Mavericks Return to the NBA Finals!Category: Basketball
With a stunning display of veteran wits and calmness under pressure, the Dallas Mavericks win Game 5 of their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder today 100-96 to make a return to the NBA Finals since they made it for the first time in 2006.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, nine in the fourth quarter and Shawn Marion scored 15 of his 26 points in the fourth. The Mavericks outscored the Thunder 14-4 the rest of the way as the Thunder were just too young and too inexperienced to understand how to close out a game.
Russell Westbrook scored 31 points, and Kevin Durant and James Harden each scored 23.
The Mavs made its first trip to the NBA Finals in 2006 against the Shaquille O’Neal – Dwyane Wade combo of the Miami Heat. They won the first two games at home before suffering a monumental collapse and lost the next four games and the series.
The Mavericks lost in the first round three of the next four seasons as they overturned their roster in search of the right supporting cast.
With veterans Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler and Peja Stojakovic joining forces with the only two holdovers from that 2006 team – Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, they made a tremendous run this postseason—going 12-3, with wins in 10 of the last 11 games, including a sweep of the two-time reigning champion LA Lakers.
Ironically, they might face the same Eastern Conference team they met in 2006, the Miami Heat.
The Miami Thrice lead NBA MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals. If the Heat win Thursday night, the finals will begin Tuesday in Miami. If the Bulls win Thursday night, the finals will begin next Thursday in the East winner’s city.
UPDATE May 27, 2011: The Miami Heat advance to the NBA Finals!
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