Dallas Mavericks defeated Miami Heat to clinch the NBA championship in Miami.
Mavericks captured their first NBA championship by defeating the favored Miami Heat 105-95 on Sunday for a 4-2 series win.
The Mavericks, who lost to Miami in the 2006 NBA Finals after squandering a 2-0 series lead, took a nine-point lead into the final quarter of Sunday's game and managed to hold on for the win.
Guard Jason Terry came off the bench to score 27 points and lead a long-range assault by the Mavericks, who connected on 11 of 26 from beyond the arc.
We're a resilient bunch, and we saw it, said Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, who averaged 26 points per game and was named the series MVP.
This whole series we were down. We kept battling back. Kept believing in each other. This is a win of team basketball.
Nowitzki hit only nine of 27 shots but, as he had been in all series, excelled when the game entered its final stage, scoring 10 of his 21 points in the final quarter to snuff out any Miami hopes of a comeback.
Dallas, buoyed by eight points from Nowitzki and six from Jason Kidd, outscored the Heat 28-21 in the third quarter to take an 81-72 lead into the final frame.