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The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005–06 National Basketball Association season. The Miami Heat won the title in six games over the Dallas Mavericks, becoming the third team—after the 1969 Celtics and the 1977 Trail Blazers—to win a championship after trailing 0–2 in the series. Heat guard Dwyane Wade was named Most Valuable Player of the series.[1] This series marked the first time since 1971 that the Finals featured two teams playing in their first NBA Finals series. The two teams met again five years later in 2011, the second Finals appearance for both franchises, with the Mavericks winning the rematch over the Heat This was the second NBA Finals matchup of teams from Florida and Texas, after the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic contested the 1995 NBA Finals. Until the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals, it was the last Finals loss by a team from Texas (the Rockets lost in 1981 and 1986) against seven championships (four by the Spurs, two by the Rockets, and one by the Mavericks, who won a rematch of this Finals in 2011).

Contents

1 Background

1.1 Path to the Finals 1.2 Regular-season series

2 Broadcasting 3 Starting lineups 4 Rosters

4.1 Miami Heat 4.2 Dallas Mavericks

5 Series summary 6 Game summaries

6.1 Game One 6.2 Game Two 6.3 Game Three 6.4 Game Four 6.5 Game Five 6.6 Game Six

7 Player statistics 8 Aftermath 9 References 10 External links

Background[edit] The Dallas Mavericks franchise joined the NBA in the 1980–81 season. During the mid-1980s they rose to become contenders in the Western Conference, culminating in a 1988 conference finals appearance, which they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. The Mavericks would decline shortly after, and from 1988–2000, they missed the playoffs in eleven of those years, including a combined 24 wins from 1992–94. However, with the sale of the team to Mark Cuban, and the addition of Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks slowly returned to playoff prominence. The 2005–06 season would see Dallas reach even greater heights. Led by Nowitzki and coached by Avery Johnson, they won 60 games. In the playoffs, they swept the Memphis Grizzlies, then overcame their Texas archrivals the San Antonio Spurs in seven games, and made their first Finals appearance by ousting league MVP and former Mav Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns in six games. The Miami Heat joined the league in the 1988–89 season, but they did not rise to prominence until they hired Pat Riley to be their head coach and president before the 1995–96 season. In Riley's first stint, the Heat were playoff regulars between 1996–2001, however, the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks always thwarted Miami's championship dreams. However, when the team drafted Dwyane Wade fifth overall in 2003, things started to look up for the Heat. They went 42-40 under interim coach Stan Van Gundy, making the playoffs after a 2-year hiatus. They defeated the New Orleans Hornets in the first round, but they ultimately fell to the Pacers in 6 games.[2] The 2004 offseason saw the addition of Shaquille O'Neal, and with Wade and O'Neal performing well, the Heat won 59 games in the 2004–05 season, as they took the defending champions Detroit Pistons to seven games in the conference finals. The following season, after an early 11–10 start, Van Gundy resigned and Riley returned to coaching. Though injuries and lack of chemistry hobbled the Heat initially, they still managed to win 52 games that season. After a culmination of harmony and momentum came together just before the playoffs, they started their postseason run by defeating the Bulls in six games, then eliminated the New Jersey Nets in five games, and then ousted the Pistons in six games to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Path to the Finals[edit] Main article: 2006 NBA Playoffs

Dallas Mavericks (Western Conference Champion) Miami Heat (Eastern Conference Champion)

# Western Conference

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Team W L PCT GB

1 c-San Antonio Spurs 63 19 .768 -

2 y-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 9

3 y-Denver Nuggets 44 38 .537 19

4 x-Dallas Mavericks 60 22 .732 3

5 x-Memphis Grizzlies 49 33 .598 14

6 x-Los Angeles Clippers 47 35 .573 16

7 x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 18

8 x-Sacramento Kings 44 38 .537 19

9 Utah Jazz 41 41 .500 22

10 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 38 44 .463 25

11 Seattle SuperSonics 35 47 .427 28

12 Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 29

13 Houston Rockets 34 48 .415 29

14 Minnesota Timberwolves 33 49 .402 30

15 Portland Trail Blazers 21 61 .256 42

4th seed in the West, 3rd best league record

Regular season;

Eastern Conference

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# Team W L PCT GB

1 z-Detroit Pistons 64 18 .780 -

2 y-Miami Heat 52 30 .634 12

3 y-New Jersey Nets 49 33 .598 15

4 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 50 32 .610 14

5 x-Washington Wizards 42 40 .512 22

6 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 23

7 x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 23

8 x-Milwaukee Bucks 40 42 .488 24

9 Philadelphia 76ers 38 44 .463 26

10 Orlando Magic 36 46 .439 28

11 Boston Celtics 33 49 .402 31

12 Toronto Raptors 27 55 .329 37

13 Charlotte Bobcats 26 56 .317 38

14 Atlanta Hawks 26 56 .317 38

15 New York Knicks 23 59 .280 41

2nd seed in the East, 5th best league record

Defeated the (5) Memphis Grizzlies, 4–0 First Round Defeated the (7) Chicago Bulls, 4–2

Defeated the (1) San Antonio Spurs, 4–3 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (3) New Jersey Nets, 4–1

Defeated the (2) Phoenix Suns, 4–2 Conference Finals Defeated the (1) Detroit Pistons, 4–2

Regular-season series[edit] The Dallas Mavericks won both games in the regular season series:

November 25, 2005

Dallas Mavericks 103, Miami Heat 90

American Airlines Arena, Miami

February 9, 2006

Miami Heat 76, Dallas Mavericks 112

American Airlines Center, Dallas

Broadcasting[edit] ABC had exclusive rights to televise the NBA Finals in the United States.[3] Play-by-play announcer Mike Breen and color commentator Hubie Brown called the action, with courtside reporting by Lisa Salters and Stuart Scott. Radio counterpart ESPN Radio broadcast the Finals, with Jim Durham and Dr. Jack Ramsay calling the action. The featured song, aired throughout the playoffs, was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Runnin' Down a Dream." Game 2 of the Finals, which took place the same evening as the 60th Tony Awards, was the most-watched program of June 11, 2006. ABC won the night with 3.5 rating and 10 share, CBS came in fourth with a 1.5/4 for the Tonys.[4] On June 20, Game 6 had a 4.4/13 among viewers aged 18–49.[5] The finals were shown on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland. Starting lineups[edit] Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame‡

Miami Position Dallas

Jason Williams PG Jason Terry

Dwyane Wade SG Marquis Daniels

Antoine Walker SF Josh Howard

Udonis Haslem PF Dirk Nowitzki

Shaquille O'Neal‡ C Erick Dampier

Rosters[edit] Miami Heat[edit]

2005–06 Miami Heat roster

Players Coaches

Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From

2.0 !SG 7000500000000000000♠5 Anderson, Derek 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1974–07–18 Kentucky

3.0 !SF 7001490000000000000♠49 Anderson, Shandon 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1973–12–31 Georgia

6.0 !C 7001300000000000000♠30 Barron, Earl 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1981–08–14 Memphis

6.0 !C 7001510000000000000♠51 Doleac, Michael 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 262 lb (119 kg) 1977–06–15 Utah

4.5 !PF 7001400000000000000♠40 Haslem, Udonis 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1980–06–09 Florida

3.0 !SF 7001240000000000000♠24 Kapono, Jason 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1981–02–04 UCLA

6.0 !C 7001330000000000000♠33 Mourning, Alonzo 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1970–02–08 Georgetown

6.0 !C 7001320000000000000♠32 O'Neal, Shaquille 7000215899999999999♠7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 325 lb (147 kg) 1972–03–06 LSU

1.0 !PG 7001200000000000000♠20 Payton, Gary 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1968–07–23 Oregon State

3.0 !SF 7001420000000000000♠42 Posey, James 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1977–01–13 Xavier

4.5 !PF 7001250000000000000♠25 Simien, Wayne 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1983–03–09 Kansas

2.0 !SG 7000300000000000000♠3 Wade, Dwyane 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1982–01–17 Marquette

4.5 !PF 7000800000000000000♠8 Walker, Antoine 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 1976–08–12 Kentucky

1.0 !PG 7001550000000000000♠55 Williams, Jason 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1975–11–18 Florida

3.0 !SF 7000100000000000000♠1 Wright, Dorell 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1985–12–02 South Kent School (CT)

Head coach

Pat Riley

Assistant coach(es)

Keith Askins Bob McAdoo Ron Rothstein Erik Spoelstra Bill Foran

Legend

(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate Injured

Dallas Mavericks[edit]

2005–06 Dallas Mavericks roster

Players Coaches

Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From

1.0 !PG 7001100000000000000♠10 Armstrong, Darrell 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1968–06–22 Fayetteville State

6.0 !C 7001250000000000000♠25 Dampier, Erick 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1975–07–14 Mississippi State

2.0 !SG 7000600000000000000♠6 Daniels, Marquis 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1981–01–07 Auburn

6.0 !C 7000700000000000000♠7 Diop, DeSagana 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 300 lb (136 kg) 1982–01–30 Oak Hill Academy (VA)

2.0 !SG 7001440000000000000♠44 Griffin, Adrian 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 1974–07–04 Seton Hall

1.0 !PG 7001340000000000000♠34 Harris, Devin 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1983–02–27 Wisconsin

3.0 !SF 7000500000000000000♠5 Howard, Josh 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1980–04–28 Wake Forest

6.0 !C 7001280000000000000♠28 Mbenga, D. J. 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1980–12–30 Belgium

4.5 !PF 7001410000000000000♠41 Nowitzki, Dirk 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1978–06–19 Germany

4.5 !PF 7001330000000000000♠33 Powell, Josh 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1983–01–25 North Carolina State

2.0 !SG 7001420000000000000♠42 Stackhouse, Jerry 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1974–11–5 North Carolina

1.0 !PG 7001310000000000000♠31 Terry, Jason 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1977–09–15 Arizona

3.0 !SF 7000200000000000000♠2 Van Horn, Keith 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1975–10–23 Utah

Head coach

Avery Johnson

Assistant coach(es)

Rolando Blackman Del Harris Joe Prunty Larry Riley Brad Davis

Legend

(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate Injured

Shaquille O'Neal and Gary Payton became the 6th and 7th players to play in the NBA Finals for three different teams. O'Neal played in the 1995 NBA Finals with the Orlando Magic and four times with the Los Angeles Lakers, while Payton played in the 1996 NBA Finals with the Seattle SuperSonics and with O'Neal on the 2004 Lakers team that lost to the Pistons. The other five players to play in the Finals for three teams are: Danny Ainge, Sam Perkins, John Salley, Horace Grant and Robert Horry. Also, O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning achieved the rare feat of being the former first-round picks from the same year (1992) to win a championship with the same team. O'Neal was the first overall draft pick of the Orlando Magic, while Mourning went second to the Charlotte Hornets.

Series summary[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team

Game 1 Thursday, June 8 Dallas Mavericks 90–80 (1–0) Miami Heat

Game 2 Sunday, June 11 Dallas Mavericks 99–86 (2–0) Miami Heat

Game 3 Tuesday, June 13 Miami Heat 98–96 (1–2) Dallas Mavericks

Game 4 Thursday, June 15 Miami Heat 98–74 (2–2) Dallas Mavericks

Game 5 Sunday, June 18 Miami Heat 101–100 (OT) (3–2) Dallas Mavericks

Game 6 Tuesday, June 20 Dallas Mavericks 92–95 (2–4) Miami Heat

The Heat became the second team since 1985 to sweep the middle three games at home, the 2004 Detroit Pistons being the first. In 1985 the NBA switched the Finals to the 2-3-2 format, which was changed back to the 2-2-1-1-1 format for the 2014 NBA Finals Game summaries[edit] Game One[edit] Dallas' Jason Terry scored a playoff-high 32 points as the Mavericks overcame a 31–23 deficit at the end of the first quarter.

ABC

June 8 9:00pm ET

1 at the Wayback Machine (archived December 1, 2010)

Miami Heat 80, Dallas Mavericks 90

Scoring by quarter: 31–23, 13–23, 24–24, 12–20

Pts: Dwyane Wade 28 Rebs: Udonis Haslem 8 Asts: Dwyane Wade 6

Pts: Jason Terry 32 Rebs: Josh Howard 12 Asts: Nowitzki, Howard 4 each

Dallas leads series, 1–0.

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Attendance: 20,475 Referees:

No. 17 Joe Crawford No. 14 Joe DeRosa No. 15 Bennett Salvatore

Game Two[edit] Dirk Nowitzki had a stellar 26 point-16 rebound performance, and the Mavericks cruised past the Heat to take a 2–0 series lead.

ABC

June 11 9:00pm ET

2 at the Wayback Machine (archived December 1, 2010)

Miami Heat 85, Dallas Mavericks 99

Scoring by quarter: 17–18, 17–32, 24–32, 27–17

Pts: Dwyane Wade 23 Rebs: Dwyane Wade 8 Asts: Payton, Williams 4 each

Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 26 Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 16 Asts: Jason Terry 9

Dallas leads series, 2–0.

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Attendance: 20,459 Referees:

No. 26 Bob Delaney No. 29 Steve Javie No. 32 Eddie F. Rush

Game Three[edit]

Game 3 of the 2006 NBA Finals

Led by Dwyane Wade's 42 points and 13 rebounds, the Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The momentum-changing comeback was capped by a Gary Payton field goal from just inside the three-point line with 9.3 seconds left. Dirk Nowitzki had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line with 3.4 seconds to go, but missed 1 of 2, sealing the win for Miami.

ABC

June 13 9:00pm ET

3 at the Wayback Machine (archived December 1, 2010)

Dallas Mavericks 96, Miami Heat 98

Scoring by quarter: 21–29, 22–23, 34–16, 19–30

Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 30 Rebs: Erick Dampier 9 Asts: Jason Terry 5

Pts: Dwyane Wade 42 Rebs: Dwyane Wade 13 Asts: Shaquille O'Neal 5

Dallas leads series, 2–1.

American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Attendance: 20,145 Referees:

No. 43 Dan Crawford No. 41 Ken Mauer No. 35 Jack Nies

Game Four[edit] Dwyane Wade shined again for the Heat with 36 points, and Miami held Dallas to just seven points in the fourth quarter en route to a series-tying, blowout victory. The Mavericks' low-scoring fourth quarter was the lowest ever by any team during the NBA Finals. Jerry Stackhouse caught Shaquille O'Neal with a flagrant foul that resulted in him being suspended for Game 5.

ABC

June 15 9:00pm ET

4 at the Wayback Machine (archived December 1, 2010)

Dallas Mavericks 74, Miami Heat 98

Scoring by quarter: 25–30, 19–24, 23–24, 7–20

Pts: Jason Terry 17 Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 9 Asts: Jerry Stackhouse 4

Pts: Dwyane Wade 36 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13 Asts: Jason Williams 6

Series tied, 2–2.

American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Attendance: 20,145 Referees:

No. 27 Dick Bavetta No. 14 Mike Callahan No. 7 Bernie Fryer

Game Five[edit] Dwyane Wade shot 25 free throws --- as many free throws as all the Mavericks combined (a fact that did not sit well with Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson[6]), leading the Heat to their third straight win over Dallas after being down 0–2 in the series. With 9.1 seconds left in overtime and the Heat trailing by 1 point, they inbounded the ball to Wade, who caught the ball in the air and then landed in the backcourt. Mavericks' team owner Mark Cuban felt Wade had therefore committed a backcourt violation after receiving the ball. Dallas was then penalized with a controversial foul call that sent Wade to the line to shoot the go-ahead free throws with 1.9 seconds left on the overtime game clock. Wade hit the first free throw, and Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson signaled to his team to call a timeout after Wade's second attempt. Josh Howard then made a timeout gesture with his hands and began to walk off the floor, and the referees called the Mavericks' last remaining timeout, which prevented them from advancing the ball after the second attempt if Wade converted. After the timeout, Wade made the second free throw to give his team a one-point lead, after which Devin Harris missed a Hail Mary half-court shot as time expired. Wade finished the game with 43 points while setting an NBA Finals record for most made free throws in a game with 21.[7] Shaquille O'Neal added a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Miami converted 32 of its 49 attempts from the free throw line. Jason Terry led Dallas with 35 points in a losing effort, while Howard added 25. After the game, a frustrated Dirk Nowitzki kicked a ball into the stands and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban caused many "acts of misconduct" resulting in fines of $5,000 and $250,000, respectively, for the two men.[8]

ABC

June 18 9:00pm ET

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Dallas Mavericks 100, Miami Heat 101 (OT)

Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 30–19, 20–27, 22–23, Overtime: 7–8

Pts: Jason Terry 35 Rebs: Josh Howard 10 Asts: Marquis Daniels 4

Pts: Dwyane Wade 43 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12 Asts: Wade, Williams 4 each

Miami leads series, 3–2.

American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Attendance: 20,145 Referees:

No. 17 Joe Crawford No. 14 Joe DeRosa No. 15 Bennett Salvatore

Game Six[edit] Behind Dwyane Wade's 36 points, Miami edged Dallas to win their first championship in franchise history as Jason Terry missed a critical 3-pointer that would've sent the game to overtime. Averaging 34.7 points per game in the championship series, Wade was named NBA Finals MVP (Most Valuable Player).

ABC

June 20 9:00pm ET

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Miami Heat 95, Dallas Mavericks 92

Scoring by quarter: 23–30, 26–18, 22–20, 24–24

Pts: Dwyane Wade 36 Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12 Asts: Jason Williams 7

Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 29 Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 15 Asts: Jason Terry 5

Miami wins series, 4–2.

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Attendance: 20,522 Referees:

No. 43 Dan Crawford No. 29 Steve Javie No. 32 Eddie F. Rush

Player statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Miami Heat

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Anderson, ShandonShandon Anderson 4 0 7.7 .333 .000 .500 1.8 0.8 0.0 0.0 1.5

Doleac, MichaelMichael Doleac 1 0 1.2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Haslem, UdonisUdonis Haslem 6 6 29.2 .500 .000 .300 6.2 0.3 1.2 0.0 6.5

Kapono, JasonJason Kapono 1 0 1.5 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning 6 0 11.0 .692 .000 .667 3.2 0.0 0.3 1.5 4.3

O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal 6 6 35.2 .607 .000 .292 10.2 2.8 0.5 0.8 13.7

Payton, GaryGary Payton 6 0 22.3 .368 .143 .333 2.0 2.0 1.0 0.0 2.7

Posey, JamesJames Posey 6 0 29.5 .419 .400 .769 6.0 0.3 1.0 0.0 7.3

Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade 6 6 43.5 .468 .273 .773 7.8 3.8 2.7 1.0 34.7

Walker, AntoineAntoine Walker 6 6 36.6 .391 .270 .556 5.5 2.2 0.7 0.5 13.8

Williams, JasonJason Williams 6 6 31.3 .360 .345 .636 1.8 4.7 0.5 0.0 8.8

Dallas Mavericks

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Armstrong, DarrellDarrell Armstrong 1 0 6.3 .000 .000 .000 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Dampier, ErickErick Dampier 6 0 24.6 .722 .000 .500 8.2 0.3 1.0 0.7 5.7

Daniels, MarquisMarquis Daniels 6 0 8.8 .545 .333 .800 0.5 1.3 0.0 0.0 2.8

Diop, DeSaganaDeSagana Diop 6 6 15.7 .500 .000 .500 3.3 0.2 0.3 0.8 1.7

Griffin, AdrianAdrian Griffin 6 3 13.7 .563 .000 .000 3.2 0.8 0.8 0.0 3.0

Harris, DevinDevin Harris 6 3 24.5 .364 .000 .750 0.8 2.8 0.8 0.0 7.3

Howard, JoshJosh Howard 6 6 38.4 .388 .263 .808 8.2 1.8 1.2 0.7 14.7

Mbenga, D. J.D. J. Mbenga 2 0 4.5 .000 .000 .000 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki 6 6 43.7 .390 .250 .891 10.8 2.5 0.7 0.7 22.8

Powell, JoshJosh Powell 1 0 3.6 .000 .000 .000 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Stackhouse, JerryJerry Stackhouse 5 0 30.0 .355 .368 .929 3.4 3.0 0.8 0.6 12.8

Terry, JasonJason Terry 6 6 40.0 .478 .317 .733 2.2 3.5 1.8 0.0 22.0

Van Horn, KeithKeith Van Horn 5 0 7.8 .273 .167 .0000 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4

Aftermath[edit] The Mavericks would post the league's best record with 67 victories in the 2006–07 NBA season but were ousted by the eight-seeded Golden State Warriors in a six-game first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. The Mavs' playoff defeat marked the first time a top seed was eliminated in a seven-game first round series since it was implemented in 2003. Still, Dirk Nowitzki was named the regular season MVP at season's end. After another playoff loss to the New Orleans Hornets in 2008, in which the Mavericks brought back Jason Kidd, head coach Avery Johnson was fired and replaced by Rick Carlisle. After another two early playoff exits, the Mavericks won 57 games in the 2010–11 season and returned to the Finals. The Heat would lose convincingly by 42 points to the Chicago Bulls in the opening night of the 2006–07 season, the worst opening-day margin of defeat for a defending champion in NBA history. Injuries would keep the team from surpassing or even equaling last season's total, yet they still won the Southeast Division despite winning only 44 games. The Bulls would oust them in a four-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs, the first such occurrence since 1957. The following year, Miami completed its two-year turnaround from NBA champion to the NBA's worst team by winning only 15 games, equaling the mark set by the team in their inaugural season, which saw Shaquille O'Neal traded to the Phoenix Suns in mid-season and Dwyane Wade missing 31 games. The Heat gradually climbed back to contention in the Erik Spoelstra era, culminating in the much-publicized free-agent acquisitions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. The Heat won 58 games in the 2010–11 season, and along with the Mavericks, returned to the Finals in 2011. The 2011 NBA Finals, which was a rematch of 2006, saw the Mavericks win in six games after trailing 2-1 in the Finals. It was the Mavericks' first NBA championship, as well as both teams' second appearances in the Finals. Dirk Nowitzki was named Finals MVP. Like the Heat in 2006, the Mavericks experienced a post-championship letdown, getting swept by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the opening round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, and then missed the postseason entirely in 2013. As of 2013, this was Miami's fifth championship out of a total of seven among the Big Four sports leagues; the MLB's National League Florida (now Miami) Marlins won the World Series in 1997 and 2003 while the NFL's Miami Dolphins won the Super Bowl in 1972 and 1973. The Miami Heat would go on to win a second championship in 2012 against the Thunder in 5 games and a third championship in 2013 against the San Antonio Spurs in 7 games before falling in 2014 against the same Spurs team in 5 games. References[edit]

^ Sheridan, Chris (2006-06-20). "Wade's World: Finals MVP leads Heat to first title in team history". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 2010-06-17.  ^ http://nba-historical-teams.pointafter.com/l/284/2003-2004-Miami-Heat ^ nba.com, NBA Announces 2005–06 Game And Television Schedule, accessed May 5, 2007. ^ Stropoli, Rebecca (June 12, 2006). "NBA Finals a Slam Dunk for ABC". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved June 10, 2011.  ^ Stropoli, Rebecca (June 21, 2006). "Basketball Gives ABC Some "Heat"". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved June 10, 2011.  ^ Wade’s Heroics Have Heat One Win From Title ^ usatoday.com, No backcourt violation on winning possession, NBA says, accessed May 5, 2007. ^ espn.com, Cuban fined $250K for actions after Game 5, accessed May 5, 2007.

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Eastern Conference Championships (5)

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Culture and lore

Micky Arison Pat Riley Michael Baiamonte Burnie "The Heat Is On" (Glenn Frey song) Shaq The Decision The Big Three 27 in a row The Shot

Retired numbers

10 23 32 33

Rivals

Chicago Bulls New York Knicks

Media

TV Fox Sports Sun Radio 790 The Ticket Announcers Eric Reid Tony Fiorentino Jason Jackson Mike Inglis

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Dallas Mavericks

Founded in 1980 Based in Dallas, Texas

Franchise

Franchise History Seasons Players Draft history Expansion Draft Head coaches Current season

Arenas

Reunion Arena Moody Coliseum American Airlines Center

General managers

Norm Sonju Keith Grant Frank Zaccanelli Nelson Sr. Nelson Jr.

G League affiliates

Fort Worth Flyers Albuquerque Thunderbirds Texas Legends

Retired numbers

12 15 22

NBA Championships (1)

2011

Western Conference Championships (2)

2006 2011

Division Championships (3)

1987 2007 2010

Rivals

Houston Rockets

Culture and lore

Don Carter Mark Cuban Nellie Ball Moody Madness German Wunderkind "Eminence Front"

Media

TV KTXA Fox Sports Southwest Radio KESN-FM KFLC-AM Announcers Mark Followill Derek Harper Chuck Cooperstein Brad Davis Victor Villalba

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2005–06 NBA season by team

2005 NBA draft All-Star Game Playoffs Finals Transactions

Eastern

Atlantic

Boston New Jersey New York Philadelphia Toronto

Central

Chicago Cleveland Detroit Indiana Milwaukee

Southeast

Atlanta Charlotte Miami Orlando Washington

Western

Northwest

Denver Minnesota Portland Seattle Utah

Pacific

Golden State L.A. Clippers L.A. Lakers Phoenix Sacramento

Southwest

Dallas Houston Memphis New Orleans/Oklahoma City San Antonio

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NBA on ABC

Related programs

NBA Countdown NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad NBA Inside Stuff NBA Saturday Primetime NBA Sunday Showcase

NBA on ESPN

Radio NBA Wednesday NBA Friday WNBA on ESPN

NBA Drafts

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Non-NBA programs

ESPN College Basketball on ABC Olympics on ABC

Related articles

Ratings (NBA Finals) Game history

Key figures

All-Star Game ESPN NBA Finals WNBA Finals

Play-by-play

Mike Breen Jim Durham Bill Flemming Chet Forte Jim Gordon Curt Gowdy Chuck Howard Keith Jackson Mark Jones Jim McKay Al Michaels Brent Musburger Brad Nessler Dave Pasch John Saunders Chris Schenkel

Color commentators

Greg Anthony Hubie Brown Bob Cousy Sean Elliott Len Elmore Tim Legler Mark Jackson Steve Jones Johnny Kerr Dan Majerle Jack Ramsay Doc Rivers Bill Russell Tom Tolbert Jack Twyman Jeff Van Gundy Bill Walton Jerry West

Sideline reporters

David Aldridge Doris Burke Howard Cosell Heather Cox Dave Diles Israel Gutierrez Mark Jones Sal Masekela Tom Rinaldi Craig Sager Lisa Salters Michele Tafoya Bob Wolff

Studio hosts

Michelle Beadle Dan Patrick Stuart Scott Sage Steele Hannah Storm Mike Tirico Michael Wilbon

Studio analysts

Jon Barry Chauncey Billups Chris Broussard Doug Collins Steve Javie Avery Johnson Magic Johnson George Karl Scottie Pippen Jalen Rose Byron Scott Bill Simmons

ABC Radio announcers

Marv Albert Dave Barnett Chick Hearn Rod Hundley Steve Jones Fred Manfra Earl Monroe Johnny Most Oscar Robertson Dick Vitale

NBA Finals

1965 (Games 1, 5) 1966 (Games 1, 5) 1967 (Games 2, 5) 1968 (Games 1, 4) 1969 (Games 3, 5-7) 1970 1971 1972 1973 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

ABC Radio's coverage

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

WNBA Finals

2003 (Game 2 on ABC) 2004 2005 (Game 3 on ABC) 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 (Game 1 on ABC) 2011 2012 2013 2014 (Game 1 on ABC) 2015 (Game 1 on ABC) 2016 (Game 1 on ABC) 2017 (Game 1 on ABC)

All-Star Game

1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973

ABC Radio's coverage

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

Lore

Music "I think we see Willis coming out!" "The Block" Christmas Day

Rivalries

Bryant–O'Neal Lakers–Pistons Celtics–Lakers Cavaliers–Warriors

ESPN lore

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