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June 13, 2011 - Mavericks beat Heat to win first championship

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The Dallas Mavericks ended three decades of frustration by capturing their first championship with a 105-95 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday to win the best-of-seven NBA Finals 4-2. Guard Jason Terry came off the bench to score 27 points and lead a long-range assault by the Mavericks, who connected on 11 of 26 from beyond the arc. "We're a resilient bunch, and we saw it," said Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, who averaged 26 points per game and was named the series MVP. "This whole series we were down. We kept battling back. Kept believing in each other. This is a win of team basketball." Nowitzki hit only nine of 27 shots but, as he had been all series, excelled as the game entered its final stages, scoring 10 of his 21 points in the final quarter to snuff out any Miami hopes of a comeback. The Mavericks reached the finals in 2006 but lost to Miami in six games. Read more here.

June 10, 2011 - Mavericks stifle Heat and edge closer to first NBA title

The Dallas Mavericks used a storming late run to move to the brink of their first NBA title with a 112-103 victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday. With a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Finals, Dallas can now claim the crown by winning one of the two remaining contests, but they will have to complete the feat in Miami, where the teams split the opening two games. The Mavericks went on a 15-3 run to finish off the Heat, turning a three-point deficit into the comfortable victory amid chants of "Beat the Heat" from a boisterous crowd of 20,433. "That was a big win for us, obviously," said Dirk Nowitzki, who paced the Mavericks with 29 points. "We didn't want to go to Miami and give them basically two shots to close us out. "So we kept plugging there in the fourth. And now we have to go down there and basically approach Sunday's game as Game Seven. You don't want to give this great team any hope." Read more here.

June 9, 2011 - Mavericks claw way back into NBA finals

Dirk Nowitzki called out his Dallas teammates before game four and Jason Terry responded with his best game of the 2011 NBA finals. Dallas outscored the Heat 21-14 in the fourth quarter and no one stepped up bigger for the Mavericks off the bench on Tuesday than guard Terry. "He took it upon himself to really drive and be in attack mode," Nowitzki said of Terry during Wednesday's practice at the American Airlines Center. "That's what we need out of him. He's one of our closers." Terry scored 17 points as Dallas held on for an 86-83 win over the Miami Heat to even the NBA finals at 2-2. Nowitzki shook off a fever to hit the game-winner on a driving layup with 14.4 seconds remaining. He scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for Dallas who ensured a trip back to Miami for at least game six. Read more here.

June 6, 2011 - Wade, Bosh lift Heat to 2-1 lead in NBA finals

Dwyane Wade kept soaring and scoring, doing everything he could to get the Miami Heat a crucial win towards an NBA title. Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem provided the final push. Bosh made a 16-foot, go-ahead jumper from the baseline with 39.6 seconds left and Haslem pestered Dirk Nowitzki the rest of the way as the Heat held on for an 88-86 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the NBA finals. "This is a total win," said Wade, who led Miami with 29 points and 11 rebounds. "You want to win the game on the defensive end of the floor and we got a stop." Recent history says this is a huge win for the Heat. The Game 3 winner in a tied finals has won the championship all 11 times since the 2-3-2 format began in 1985. Read more here.

June 3, 2011 - Mavericks erase double-digit road deficit - again

Down by 15. Only 7:14 left. On the road. Headed toward an 0-2 deficit in the NBA finals against a Miami Heat team ready to be crowned NBA champions since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade last summer. It's pretty remarkable that the Mavericks overcame it all to win the game and even the series. It's also pretty typical of what they've done this postseason. "If you're going to win a championship, you've got to have the wherewithal to hang in when things are tough," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "You have to keep believing. All year our guys have believed. And tonight was another good example." Read more here.

June 1, 2011 - Miami triple threat strikes first in NBA finals

LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade paced the Miami attack as the big three combined for 65 points and the Heat beat Dallas 92-84 in the opening game of the 2011 NBA finals. James finished with a team high 24 points, Wade had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Bosh scored 19 points for the Heat, who are a perfect 9-0 at home in the post-season. "That's who they have been their entire careers," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of James and Wade. "Every playoff game for us goes down the stretch. The more time you are in it, the more confident you get." Read more here.

May 27, 2011 - Heat rises over Bulls to reach NBA finals

The Miami Heat star players cast off their struggles and staged a furious finish to beat the Chicago Bulls 83-80 on Thursday and advance to the NBA finals. The soaring comeback from a 77-65 deficit in the last three minutes propelled the Heat to the NBA finals against the Dallas Mavericks, a repeat of the 2006 championship series which Miami won 4-2. Led by their Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Miami went on a closing 18-3 run to stun the Bulls and complete a 4-1 triumph in the best-of-seven series for the Eastern Conference title. James, who missed nine shots in a row before catching fire at the end, led the Heat with 28 points as Miami swept the last four games after dropping the opener in Chicago. Read more here.

May 25, 2011 - Heat top Bulls 101-93, move 1 win away from finals

The first 48 minutes of Dwyane Wade's night were unremarkable. The five minutes of overtime changed all that. And Miami's Big Three is one win away from playing for the NBA's biggest prize. LeBron James scored 35 points, Chris Bosh added 22 and Wade perked up to block as many shots — two — as Chicago made in overtime, as the Heat topped the Bulls 101-93 in a scintillating Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. Miami will go for the clincher Thursday in Chicago, where the Heat can wrap up their first finals trip since 2006. "It's one game away," James said. "We're not taking anything for granted." Derrick Rose scored 23 points for the Bulls, who got 20 apiece from Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer. Chicago has lost three straight games for the first time this season, and afterward, the league's reigning MVP pointed the finger of blame at himself. Read more here.

May 23, 2011 - Bosh carries Heat over Bulls 96-85 for 2-1 lead

Chris Bosh has fought the perception all year. He's the third wheel, the forgotten star, the one who would never shine alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The Miami Heat never saw it that way. This was why. Bosh made 13 of his final 15 shots on the way to a 34-point night, James finished with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Heat remained unbeaten at home in the postseason by beating the Chicago Bulls 96-85 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday. A 9-0 run in the fourth quarter helped Miami pull away for good and grab a 2-1 lead in the series. Read more here.

May 21, 2011 - Heat, Bulls expect another physical test in Game 3

They were bloodied, bruised and battered. Just about everyone had icepacks strapped to various regions of their bodies, and many all but limped toward the bus out of the arena. That was the Miami scene after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Imagine what the losing team must have felt like. The East finals resume with Game 3 in Miami on Sunday night, when the Heat host the Chicago Bulls with a 2-1 series lead at stake. Read more here.

May 19, 2011 - Late James magic pushes Heat past Bulls

LeBron James produced some more fourth-quarter magic to propel the Miami Heat to a scrappy 85-75 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, evening their NBA Eastern Conference final at a game each. Dead-locked at 73-73 late in the fourth and the Bulls on the charge, James took over, scoring nine of Miami's final 12 points to earn the Heat a split in the Windy City. The best-of-seven series moves to South Beach for Games Three and Four on Sunday and Tuesday. James finished with a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds while Dwyane Wade contributed 24 points and nine boards. Read more here.

May 17, 2011 - In East finals, Luol vs LeBron a key matchup

The Chicago Bulls saw it all year from Luol Deng, so what he did against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals hardly shocked them. Hit big shots? Hit the boards? Limit the game's most talented player? Check, check and huge check. The Bulls lead the Heat 1-0 after a 103-82 victory on Sunday, and a big reason for that is Deng. All he did was score 21 points, grab seven rebounds and contribute four steals while neutralizing James in an all-around performance that helped lift Chicago to an impressive victory. Yes, Derrick Rose was up to his usual MVP tricks, scoring 28 points, but it was Deng providing a big assist whether he was scoring or clamping down on The King. Read more here.

May 15, 2011 - Restless Durant eager to make amends in Game 7

Kevin Durant had trouble sleeping, trying to shake off the worst playoff performance yet in his young NBA career. After the league's scoring champion managed just 11 points in Oklahoma City's loss that set up Game 7 Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies, Durant woke up Saturday still thinking about what went wrong. Durant took nine of his 14 shots from behind the arc, and he made only one basket over the last 45 minutes of the game. "It was tough," Durant said. "That's a part of this league. It's going to happen. "Especially being one of the main guys, I tend to take a lot of the pressure and put it on myself. But it is what it is. I've got to fight through it, I've got to continue to be positive around my guys and go from there." Read more here.

May 12, 2011 - East finals bound: Miami ousts Boston, 97-87

He scored the game's final 10 points. He knelt on the court when it was over. He even apologized afterward for any feelings that may have been hurt last summer when he left Cleveland for Miami. For LeBron James, the night was emotional and unforgettable. And imagine: The Miami Heat are only halfway through the pursuit of an NBA title. Finally vanquishing their rivals from Boston, Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, James added 33 — including a spectacular closing flourish — and the Heat went on a 16-0 run over the final 4:15 to beat the Celtics 97-87 on Wednesday and win their Eastern Conference semifinal series in five games. Read more here.

May 10, 2011 - The Mavericks are Back

The Dallas Mavericks are grooving through this years playoffs.  They beat the Blazers and then swept the Lakers.  More notably, the Mavs showed their true capabilities in game 4 against the Lakers, in which they won by 36 points. This was an embarrassing game for the Lakers because throughout the game the Mavs bench just exploited them.  Jason Terry scored 32 points and went 9 for 10 not from the foul line, not from the field but from the three point line!  Read more here.

April 29, 2011 - Lakers squash Hornets to march on

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol exploded for 23 of Los Angeles' 29 points in the third quarter to propel the two-time defending NBA champions to a 98-80 victory over Western Conference rivals the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday, sending them into the next round of the playoffs. The Lakers were joined in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks, who held off the Orlando Magic 84-81 to clinch their Eastern Conference series 4-2, and the Dallas Mavericks who closed out the Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 with a 103-96 win. Los Angeles held a slim 40-34 lead following a low scoring first half, but Bryant and Gasol then took over to post a 12-point lead by the start of the fourth quarter, which they built on despite resting most of their starters. Read more here.

April 23, 2011 - Lakers take 2-1 series lead with win over Hornets

The New Orleans Hornets didn't expect Pau Gasol to toss up a 3-pointer from the corner any more than the Lakers star's growing chorus of critics expected him to make it. Gasol stunned them all by draining the shot, then scored twice more during a key fourth-quarter surge that helped secure a 100-86 victory Friday night and put Los Angeles in control of the first-round playoff series. "It's funny how a shot can kind of turn the momentum around for him when he's had a hard time making shots around the basket and in the paint — and he knocks down a 3," said Kobe Bryant, who led the Lakers with 30 points. "That kind of got him going." The win gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 4 in New Orleans on Sunday. Just as important, the performance re-established Gasol as one of the Lakers' primary scoring threats following two poor outings. He finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Read more here.

April 19, 2011 - Rose scores 36, Bulls beat Pacers 96-90

The way this series is going for the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose wasn't sure if he should feel relieved or concerned. "It's kind of both," he said. The 2-0 lead sure looks good. How they got it, though, is a different matter. Rose scored 36 points, Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 16 rebounds, and the top-seeded Bulls pulled out another dramatic victory over Indiana, beating the Pacers 96-90 on Monday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. "It's always good to win in this league," Rose said. "It's very hard to win. But the way that we're winning, we're just trying to sharpen up things especially on the defensive end so that we can control the game more instead of us having to play crazy at the end of the game." Read more here.

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