- Associated Press - Sunday, June 12, 2011

MIAMI (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are NBA champions, and they went through LeBron James for that long-awaited first title.

Jason Terry scored 27 points, Nowitzki added 21 and the Mavericks topped the Miami Heat 105-95 in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

“Tonight we got vindication,” Terry said.

James scored 21 for Miami, though was largely quiet after the opening minutes. Chris Bosh had 19, Mario Chalmers 18 and Dwyane Wade 17 for the Heat.

When it was over, Mavs owner Mark Cuban ran onto the court to hug coach Rick Carlisle.

And James‘ wait for his first NBA title will extend into at least his ninth season.


LeBron warming up. Is it too late?

He went up on the glass to stick back a rebound. Came around to catch the ball at the elbow and confidently drain a jumper.

And you can see he wants the ball, which is why he looked so frustrated after a poor decision by Mario Chalmers on the break. With James running with him but Mavs players back, Chalmers needed to either pull it out and set up the offense, or throw it up and see if James could go get it.

Instead he took a poor shot that was blocked, adding to the problem by committing a foul afterward and leaving the Heat down 94-87 with 5:32 to play.

LeBron wanted the ball. And for one of the rare fourth quarters in this series, the Heat needed to give it to him.


The NBA will go to the video tape on that altercation in the second quarter.

Here’s the statement from the league:

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