2011 NBA Finals
The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 period of this National Basketball Association (NBA) in which the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat four games to two to win their first NBA championship. The series was held from May 31. German participant Dirk Nowitzki was named the Finals MVP, becoming the second European to win the award after Tony Parker (2007) and also the first German player to achieve that. The series was a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat had won in six matches.
Going into the series, 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 this 2–3–2 format to enter Game 3 tied at one, lose Game 3 and still win the Finals. The past 11 times this happened, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series.The Mavericks also became just the 7th team, and also the first since 1988, to return and win the Finals after being down at the show two or more independent times (one game to none, and two matches to one). The previous six times this occurred, the Finals finished 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 nearly 17.3 million viewers with all the 2011 Finals, based on Nielsen.