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Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Kidd raises the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy surrounded by his teammates after they beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 to win the NBA Finals in Miami, Sunday. [REUTERS/YONHAP]


MIAMI - The Dallas Mavericks and German star Dirk Nowitzki won their long-awaited first NBA title on Sunday, taking revenge on the Miami Heat by beating them 105-95 in Miami in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

Jason Terry scored 27 points and Nowitzki added 21 for the Mavericks, who won four of the series’ last five games, a turnabout that could not have been sweeter after seeing the Heat win their first title in Dallas in Game 6 of the 2006 finals.

“Tonight,’’ Terry said, “we got vindication.’’

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

James, who will have to wait another year for a chance at his first NBA title, shook a few hands after the game and departed before most of the Mavs had put on their championship hats and T-shirts.

Dallas took control in the second half of the game after some wild momentum shifts in the opening two quarters. Miami took its last lead of the game just 64 seconds into the second half, lost it 16 seconds later and chased the Mavericks the rest of the way.

Nowitzki, who was named the Most Valuable Player in the finals, sealed the win with 2:27 left, hitting a jumper near the Miami bench to put Dallas up 99-89. He then walked to the Mavs’ side slowly, right fist clenched above his head.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle joined a highly elite group with the win - those with NBA titles as both a player and a head coach. He was a part of the Boston Celtics team that won the championship over the Houston Rockets in 1986. Only 10 other men are on that list, including Heat President Pat Riley - who was the mastermind of the Heat’s maneuvers to get James, Wade and Bosh on the same team with an eye on becoming a dynasty.

But after 72 wins this season, including playoffs, the Heat lost their last game. And that means this year was a disappointment - except to just about everyone else in the NBA, or so it would seem.

Hating the Heat became the NBA’s craze this season, and the team knew it had no shortage of critics, with everyone from Cleveland to Chicago and just about every place in between lining up to take shots at Miami.

The Heat raced out to an early 20-11 lead in the game, with James making his first four shots. But the advantage was quickly erased as Dallas went to the zone defense that befuddled Miami again.

Dallas then went on a 21-4 run over five minutes, making nine of 12 shots. Much of that came with Nowitzki on the bench with two fouls, the first time he’s received more than one in the opening quarter of a playoff game this season.

DeShawn Stevenson made a pair of 3-pointers within a span of 24 seconds to give Dallas a 40-28 lead with 9:42 left in the half.

But Miami scored the next 14 points to reclaim the lead at 42-40, a run broken only after Stevenson, Udonis Haslem and Chalmers got technical fouls with 6:25 left in the half following a midcourt altercation.

The Heat had chances to take command of the game in the second half and wasted them all. They missed 13 of their 33 free throws, let the Mavericks score 27 points off turnovers and simply couldn’t get a rebound in the final minutes.

Nowitzki finished nine for 27 from the field, and the Mavs still won. He was one for 12 in the first half, and they were still ahead, 53-51, thanks largely to Terry’s 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, along with a 17-4 edge in points off turnovers. Jason Kidd made a 3-pointer late in the third, pushing the Dallas lead to 79-71, more than enough for the Mavs.

When the Mavericks took a 2-0 lead in Dallas during the ’06 finals, plans for their victory parade were announced. But the Mavs didn’t win another game in that series.

Now, that parade will finally happen.


AP


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댈러스 매버릭스가 창단 31년 만에 처음으로 우승컵을 들어올렸다.

댈러스는 13일(한국시간) 열린 미국프로농구(NBA) 파이널(7전4선승제) 원정 6차전에서 마이애미 히트를 105-95로 꺾고 시리즈 전적 4승2패로 우승했다. 1980년 창단 후 첫 우승이다.

파이널 최우수선수(MVP)는 독일 출신의 디르크 노비츠키(31·댈러스)에게 돌아갔다. 노비츠키는 파이널 1차전에서 손가락 인대를 다쳤고, 이후 고열을 동반한 독감에 걸렸지만 승부처마다 맹활약했다.

댈러스를 대표하는 인물은 또 있다. ‘괴짜 구단주’ 마크 큐반(53)이다. 큐반은 지난 2000년 댈러스를 인수한 뒤 각종 기행으로 가십난을 장식했다. 농구광 큐반은 80년대 세일즈맨으로 일하면서 대학농구 경기 중계를 마음대로 볼 수 없는 게 답답해 인터넷 방송망 ‘오디오넷’을 개발한 후 억만장자가 됐다. 현재는 각종 방송 네트워크를 소유하고 있으며, 전 세계 부자 순위 459위다.

댈러스 매버릭스는 사업가 도널드 카터가 80년에 창단한 후 96년 로스 페로 주니어에게 매각했고, 2000년 큐반이 다시 사들였다. 큐반은 구단주가 된 후에도 티셔츠와 청바지의 허름한 복장을 하고서 극성 팬처럼 요란하게 경기를 봤다. 큐반이 댈러스를 인수할 때 대통령 후보의 아들이던 페로 주니어가 “괴상한 복장을 한 큐반에게 구단을 팔 수 없다”고 난색을 표했을 정도다.

큐반의 기행은 다양했다. 2009년 경기 도중 상대 선수가 비신사적인 플레이를 했다며 코트에 난입해 소리를 질렀다가 벌금 2만5000달러(약 2700만원)를 냈다. 올 시즌 플레이오프에서 만났던 LA 레이커스의 필 잭슨 감독과는 5년 전 인신공격성 공개 설전을 벌였다. 파이널 상대인 마이애미의 르브론 제임스 때문에도 벌금을 냈다. 지난해 자유계약선수(FA)가 된 제임스를 가리켜 “누구나 제임스에게 관심이 있다. 재계약 후 트레이드해도 된다”면서 FA 시장이 열리기도 전에 공개 발언을 했다가 벌금 10만 달러(약 1억850만원)를 냈다. 그가 지금까지 낸 벌금은 100만 달러(약 10억8500만원)가 넘는다.

행동은 괴상해도 투자는 과감했다. 큐반은 노비츠키와 세 차례 계약을 연장하는 등 과감하게 선수를 영입해 만년 하위팀을 강팀으로 바꿨다. 2005~2006 시즌 댈러스가 파이널에 오르자 2만여 명의 관중에게 공짜 항공권을 선물하기도 했다.

그런데 이번 포스트시즌에는 큐반의 ‘묵언수행’이 화제였다. 큐반은 모든 인터뷰 요청을 거절한 채 논란이 될 만한 말을 한마디도 하지 않았다. 우승 후에도 조용했다. 우승 트로피는 댈러스의 초대 구단주 카터가 받았다. 카터는 AP통신과의 인터뷰에서 “큐반은 경기를 열정적으로 사랑하고, 하지 말아야 할 일을 알고 있다. 내가 늘 바라왔던 구단주”라고 말했다.

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