2011 NBA Finals
The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 period of this 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 show was held from May 31. German player Dirk Nowitzki has been named the Finals MVP, becoming the second European to win the award after Tony Parker (2007) and the first German participant 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 with their recently acquired superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh along with returning superstar Dwyane Wade.
The Dallas Mavericks became the first team in NBA history since the establishment of the two –3–2 format to enter Game 3 tied at one, eliminate Game 3 and still win the Finals. The past 11 times this occurred, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series.The Mavericks also became the 7th team, and also the first since 1988, to return and win the Finals after being down at the show two or more separate times (one game to none, and later two games to one). The past six times this happened, the Finals ended 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.