Mavericks stun LeBron, Heat to take title

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“A player will not automatically be suspended for leaving the bench if he has already left the bench because a timeout was called,” the NBA announced later in the game. “However, we need to review the circumstances of this particular incident, which we will do, after the game.”

So the NBA will watch replays. The Heat, they probably won’t — not for a long while.

It was 81-72 entering the fourth, after Ian Mahinmi made a foul-line jumper as time expired in the third, just his third basket of the entire series.

None were bigger. The Mavs could taste a title.

Of the principal characters from the 2006 series, only Cuban, Nowitzki and Terry remain from the Mavericks‘ side, and for them, the beginning of this championship celebration seemed sweeter than even they could have imagined. Terry won’t have to get his tattoo — the one of the NBA championship trophy — removed, which he vowed to have done if Miami won this series. Nowitzki will never be in the conversation of ‘Best player without a title’ again.

James is clearly the one with that most-unwanted label now.

NOTES: Carlisle improved to 11-3 as a coach with a chance to close out an opponent. … James got a 21-minute rest in the second quarter in real time, thanks to that midcourt dustup and the referees taking several minutes to look at replays before doling out the technicals. … Marc Anthony sang the national anthem, then took a courtside seat near the Heat bench.

 

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