The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 period of the National Basketball Association (NBA) where the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat four games to 2 to win their first NBA championship. The show had been held from May 31. German participant Dirk Nowitzki has been named the Finals MVP, becoming the 2nd European to win the award following Tony Parker (2007) and the first German participant to do so. The show was a rematch.
Going into the show, the Heat were heavy favorites with their recently acquired superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh together with returning superstar Dwyane Wade.
The Dallas Mavericks became the first team in NBA history as the institution of the two –3–2 format to input Game 3 tied at one, lose Game 3 and win the Finals. The previous 11 times this happened, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series.The Mavericks also became just the 7th group, and also the first since 1988, to come back and win the Finals after being down in the series two or more independent times (one game to none, and later two matches to one). The previous six times this happened, the Finals ended in seven games; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to take action in six games.
ABC averaged a 10.1 rating, 11.7 million families and almost 17.3 million viewers with the 2011 Finals, according to Nielsen.
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