The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) where the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat four games to two to win their first NBA championship. The series was held from May 31. German player Dirk Nowitzki was named the Finals MVP, becoming the 2nd European to win the award after Tony Parker (2007) and also the first German player to achieve that. The series was a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat had won in six games.
Going into the series, the Heat were heavy favorites using their newly acquired superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh along with returning superstar Dwyane Wade.
The Dallas Mavericks became the first team in NBA history as the establishment of this 2–3–2 format to input Game 3 tied at one, eliminate Game 3 and still win the Finals. The past 11 times this happened, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series.The Mavericks also became the 7th team, and the first since 1988, to return and win the Finals after being down in the series two or more separate times (one match to none, and later two matches to one). The previous six times that occurred, the Finals finished in seven games; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to do it in six matches.
ABC gained a 10.1 rating, 11.7 million households and almost 17.3 million viewers with the 2011 Finals, according to Nielsen.
Read more: valsdaily.com