(DALLAS, TX - KCBD) - The Dallas Mavericks returned to 'Big D' Monday with two trophies in their hands--the NBA Championship trophy and the Finals MVP. Dirk Nowitzki, who helped the Mavs overcome deficits of 12, 9, and 4 during the series, carried his Finals MVP trophy off the plane to the applause of hundreds of Dallas fans.
Even with Dirk's performance through the first five games, he couldn't shoulder the load himself. Scoring 21 points Sunday, Nowitzki needed help from others to put away the Heat in Miami and avoid a Game 7. Jason Terry led all scorers with 27 points, as Dallas prevailed over the Heat 105-95. The Mavericks won four of the final five games of the series.
"I give Mark [Cuban] a lot of credit; he stuck with me through thick and thin, he brought all the right players in, always tried to spend money, and make this organization better," said the Finals Most Valuable Player Sunday night. "The playoffs the last, basically ten years, eleven years, [we] always came up a little short, and that's why this is extra special."
Jason Kidd, a 17-year veteran of the NBA, recounts his past tries to capture the elusive NBA Championship.
"I thought I had an opportunity in '03 to win a championship, and I was on the other end--we lost to the Spurs; but my teammates...their character and their will to work to get better: they deserve all the credit."
Game 6 drew a 15.0 overnight rating Sunday, the highest rating for a Game 6 since 2000, when Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakes clinched a series win over Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers.