Mavericks defeat Heat
2011 NBA Finals
It was a series of firsts for Dallas: Dirk Nowitzki won his first ring and was named Finals MVP after averaging 27 points and 9.4 rebounds in the Finals; veteran point guard Jason Kidd finally got a title at age 38; and the Mavericks earned their first championship in franchise history with a 4-2 win over the Miami Heat. It was also one of the most thrilling series to date, with loads of talent on the floor and a slew of controversies. After LeBron's infamous "Decision" to join fellow superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami the summer before, James and the Heat garnered as many haters as fans as they pushed through to the Finals. And it seemed the haters got their wish as vintage LeBron James disappeared and a mediocre player took his place when Miami needed him most.