Continuing our series of recapping the 2011 Dallas Mavericks’ championship run, we now turn our attention to Game 1 of the 2011 Finals.
On August 21st, Nick Angstadt (Mavs Moneyball) and myself started the podcast series on the Locked On Mavericks podcast where we would be recapping each of the games in the 2011 Finals.
In the first episode of the series, we discussed in detail the path the 2011 Dallas Mavericks took to reach the Finals and face the Miami Heat. We also discuss the regular season for the Mavericks that year and the path Miami took to the Finals also. You can listen to that episode here.
The second episode was the recap of Game 1 where Miami never let Dallas get over the hump. You can listen to that podcast here.
For the third episode of the series, the incredible comeback in Game 2 took center stage.
After tearing a tendon in a finger in his left hand, Dirk Nowitzki was determined not to let his Mavericks go down 0-2 heading back to Dallas.
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A tie game at half time, the game took a turn in the second half as Miami had their foot on the throat of Dallas in the fourth quarter. With just under eight minutes to go, Miami was up 85-73 when Dwyane Wade hit a corner three in front of the Mavericks bench.
After holding his form out in a form of celebration, Dallas took it to heart as the Heat were now up by 15.
For the rest of the game, Dallas pulled off a comeback for the history books.
Shot after shot and stop after stop, Dallas finally tied the game until Dirk Nowitzki hit an incredible three pointer with 26 seconds left in the game to put Dallas up by three. After a Miami timeout, the Heat made an inbound pass to a wide open Mario Chalmers where he drained the three to tie the game back up.
It was Dallas’ chance at the last shot.
With the ball in his hands, Nowitzki pulled off one of the most memorable plays in franchise history as he blew past Chris Bosh for the left-handed layup to put Dallas up by two with 3.6 seconds to go.
Dallas won 95-93.
You can see the full box score from the game here.
Dallas shocked the world and stole Game 2 from Miami.