The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 period of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in which 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 was held from May 31 to June 12, 2011. German player Dirk Nowitzki was named the Finals MVP, becoming the 2nd European to win the award following Tony Parker (2007) and also the first German participant to achieve that. The show was a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat had won in six matches.
Going into the show, the Heat were heavy favorites using 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 as the establishment of the two –3–2 format to enter Game 3 tied at one, lose Game 3 and 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 group, and the first since 1988, to come back and win the Finals after being down at the series two or more separate times (one game to none, and two games to one). The previous six times that happened, the Finals finished 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 all the 2011 Finals, based on Nielsen.
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