2006 NBA Finals | Dallas Mavericks vs Miami Heat Series RECAP [Videos]Category: Basketball
A few hours from now, the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks will embark on a rematch of their 2006 NBA Finals encounter five years ago.
The 2011 NBA Finals feature the Heat vs the Mavericks once more with each team trying to win the championship title in order to give answers to questions that have riddled them all throughout the season.
While both teams have undergone massive roster changes, the heart and soul, the captain of each team remains the same – Dwayne Wade for the Miami Heat and Dirk Nowitzki for the Dallas Mavericks.
Let us go down memory lane and check out the series recap of the 2006 NBA Finals that went 6 games.
GAME 1 – June 8, 2006 (American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas)
Miami Heat 80, Dallas Mavericks 90
Dallas’ Jason Terry scored a playoff-high 32 points to cover for his cold-shooting teammates and the Mavericks allowed just 12 points in the fourth quarter and made a smashing NBA Finals debut with a 90-80 victory over the Miami Heat.
The Mavericks overcame poor performances by star forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard, who were unable to heat up despite triple-digit temperatures outside the American Airlines Center. They shackled Shaquille O’Neal and deterred Dwyane Wade just enough to get Game 1.
O’Neal never got going. The three-time Finals MVP scored 17 points but took just 11 shots as his teammates inexplicably went away from him. He became a passer when double-teamed by the Mavericks also didn’t help himself by missing his first eight free throws until finally making one in the last minute.
Wade scored 28 points but needed 25 shots. Walker added 17 points for the Heat, who got two points from their bench.
GAME 2 – June 11, 2006 (American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas)
Miami Heat 86, Dallas Mavericks 99
Ratcheting up the defense and stifling superstars Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade to the point of frustration, the determined Dallas Mavericks moved a step closer to their first NBA championship with a thorough 99-85 defeat of the Miami Heat.
Dirk Nowitzki regained his scoring touch with 26 points for the Mavericks, who opened a commanding 2-0 series lead. After not playing particularly well in a 90-80 win in Game 1, Dallas dominated every aspect of Game 2 as it led by as many as 27 points.
Nowitzki and Josh Howard both shook off their Game 1 doldrums and rejoined the act. After combining to make just 7-of-28 shots in the opener, Nowitzki made 8-of-16 shots and grabbed 16 rebounds. Howard was much more decisive and scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting.
Promising to be better after Game 1, Shaquille O’Neal was worse. He scored five points on 2-of-5 shooting — all career postseason lows — as he encountered multiple defenders on almost every touch. He again struggled at the line, making just 1-of-7 free throws, and was a spectator in the fourth quarter, when Miami made a futile late surge.
Wade scored 23 points on 6-of-19 shooting but did almost all of his damage at the line (11-of-14) and well after matters had been settled. His struggles in the first half was one of the myriad reasons Miami found itself in a 50-34 halftime hole.
GAME 3 – June 13, 2006 (American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida)
Dallas Mavericks 96, Miami Heat 98
Wade scored a playoff career-high 42 points and singlehandedly fueled a series-saving comeback as the Heat rallied for a 98-96 victory over the stunned Dallas Mavericks that made the NBA Finals interesting again.
Shaquille O’Neal had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which kept AmericanAirlines Arena “white-hot” instead of raising the white flag – barely. Erasing a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit, the Heat closed the series to 2-1.
A game that rocked on a seesaw through the first three quarters finally leveled at 95-95 in the waning moments before tilting eastward. The slumping Payton’s jumper with 9.3 seconds left – his only shot of the game – snapped a 95-95 tie. A free throw by Nowitzki – who has been nearly automatic from the line in the postseason – bounced out with 3.4 seconds to go.
Antoine Walker and Jason Williams scored 12 points each and Haslem added eight and 10 rebounds for Miami, which held a 49-34 advantage on the glass. The Heat have won the battle of the boards twice from the Mavericks, who were not outrebounded through the first three rounds of the playoffs. Howard scored 21 points – none in the fourth quarter – and Terry added 16 for Dallas, which erased an 11-point halftime deficit with a 34-point third quarter. Erick Dampier had 14 points and nine boards.
GAME 4 – June 15, 2006 (American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida)
Dallas Mavericks 74, Miami Heat 98
Wade scored 36 points in another explosive performance and the Miami Heat manhandled Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of the Mavericks in a convincing 98-74 victory that evened the Finals at two games each.
Shaquille O’Neal collected 17 points and 13 rebounds in his best game of the series for the Heat, who have engineered a dramatic turnaround with a devastating display of mental and physical toughness. After refusing to lose Game 3, they put together their best defensive effort of the series, making the Mavericks look like they were stuck in mud.
Nowitzki, the superstar forward of the Mavericks who had scored 56 points in the last two games and appeared to have found his groove, came out firing but never got on track. He made just 2-of-14 shots – including none in the second half – and was serenaded with placards and chants of “Da-vid Hass-el-hoff!” whenever he went to the line.
Jason Terry scored 17 points and Stackhouse added 16 for the Mavericks, who have lost two in a row for the second time in the postseason. Dallas dropped Games 5 and 6 of the Western Conference semifinals to San Antonio but rebounded to win Game 7 on the road.
Miami held Dallas to just seven points in the fourth quarter en route to a series-tying, blowout victory. The Mavericks’ low-scoring fourth quarter was the lowest ever by any team during the NBA Finals. Jerry Stackhouse caught Shaquille O’Neal with a flagrant foul that resulted in him being suspended for Game 5.
GAME 5 – June 18, 2006 (American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida)
Dallas Mavericks 100, Miami Heat 101 (OT)
In another spectacular performance, Dwyane Wade scored 43 points and capped a classic contest with two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining to lift the Heat to a 101-100 victory over the Mavericks in the pivotal fifth game of the NBA Finals. Wade worked through a slow start to make 11-of-28 shots and an astounding 21-of-25 free throws.
The Heat became just the second team to win the middle three home games in the 2-3-2 format to engineer a complete reversal of the series and put themselves in position to win the championship in Dallas on Game 6.
After getting the ball in to Wade with 9.1 seconds left, Dallas committed a controversial foul to send him to the line to shoot two free throws with 1.9 seconds left on the game clock. Wade hit the first free throw when Josh Howard mistakenly called the Mavericks’ last remaining time-out which would prevent them from advancing the ball should Wade convert on the second attempt. Wade eventually made the second free throw to give his team a one-point lead after which Devin Harris attempted and missed a desperate half court buzzer beater. Wade set an NBA Finals record for most made free throws in a game with 21.
Dallas coach Avery Johnson’s strong words about consistency in the officiating over the last two days fell on deaf ears. The Mavericks were whistled for 38 fouls while the Heat were called for just 26. Miami shot 49 free throws, making 32. O’Neal had 18 points and 12 rebounds, also spending considerable time on the foul line. Twice in the fourth quarter, he was put there intentionally by the Mavericks, who tried to exploit his 2-of-12 free-throw shooting.
GAME 6 – June 18, 2006 (American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas)
Miami Heat 95, Dallas Mavericks 92
With another clutch performance confirming his status as a true superstar, Dwyane Wade lifted the Miami Heat to their first NBA title, as they defeated and deflated the Dallas Mavericks, 95-92, to complete a stirring, historical comeback.
Rallied by coach Pat Riley’s motto of “Fifteen Strong,” the Heat racked up the required 16 playoff wins — including the last four in a row — to exceed just about everyone’s expectations except their own. They closed out the Mavericks in six games.
With a remarkable reversal beginning with a stirring fourth-quarter comeback in Game 3, the Heat became just the third team to overcome an 0-2 deficit and win the Finals, joining the 1969 Boston Celtics and 1977 Portland Trail Blazers.
Overcoming injuries, fatigue and a phalanx of defenses, Wade averaged 34.7 points in the Finals, including 40.3 in three home wins that swung the series. He did it in unabashedly spectacular fashion, displaying memorable moves and a flair for the dramatic that Dallas simply could not match.
In the clincher, Wade scored 36 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, which became his time in every close game. He made 10-of-18 shots and 16-of-21 free throws as he again paraded to the line. Just for good measure, Wade added 10 rebounds, as he covered for O’Neal, a three-time Finals MVP who managed just nine points with 12 boards and was clearly along for the ride.
The Mavericks made a final push, closing to 89-88 on a 3-pointer by Jerry Stackhouse with 1:37 remaining. Haslem answered with a follow shot and Wade replied to a jumper by Josh Howard with two more from the line for a 93-90 lead with 26 seconds to play. Dallas put the ball in the hands of Nowitzki, who had 29 points and 15 rebounds but did not have a basket in the fourth quarter. He used a pick from Erick Dampier, then tried to whip him a pass. But the ball glanced off Dampier’s hands and out of bounds, leading to two more free throws by Wade.
Terry scored 16 points, Howard added 14 and 12 rebounds, and Stackhouse and Marquis Daniels scored 12 points apiece for the Mavericks, who made 5-of-22 from the arc and were beaten on the boards, 56-50.
The final critical moments of Game 6 and the post-game celebration.
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