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Jason Kidd #2 and Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrate as Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat lays on the court after missing a last-second shot as the Maverics defeat the Heat 95-93 in Game Two of the 2011 NBA Finals on June 2, 2011 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Heat Meltdown Hands Mavericks Game 2 Of NBA Finals

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were rejoicing for the entirety of their walk from the Dallas bench to the Miami bench. Heat players spilled onto the floor, many with fists in the air. Miami 88, Dallas 73, 7:14 remaining. Game over, right? Not a chance.


MIAMI, FL - JUNE 01: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots during NBA Finals Media Availability on June 1, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Quick Hitters Heading Into Game 2 Of Heat-Mavericks NBA Finals

I wouldn’t worry much about Dirk Nowitzki’s bad finger on his left hand. It shouldn’t affect his shooting much — but if it does the series is as good as over.


LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat dunks the ball over Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks in the fourth quarter in Game One of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on May 31, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Heat Rally, Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Hurt, And Miami Wins Game 1 Of NBA Finals

Dwyane Wade offered LeBron James congratulations for finally getting his first win in an NBA finals game. The Heat are three wins from a much bigger celebration. And not only were the Dallas Mavericks beaten, their best player left battered as well.


Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks conducts interviews during NBA Finals Media Availability in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (credit: Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

At 38, Ex-Nets All-Star Jason Kidd Oldest Guard To Start In NBA Finals

After all the assists, steals, 3-pointers and triple-doubles, former Nets guard Jason Kidd has an easier path to his next entry in the NBA record book. All he has to do is show up.


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Schmeelk: In Mavericks-Heat NBA Finals, It’s Brains Vs. Brawn

The Mavericks and Heat have taken two very different paths to the NBA finals. Watching whether Dallas’ smarts and teamwork can overcome Miami’s physical gifts will be fascinating.


Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after the Dallas Mavericks defeat the Thunder 112-105 in overtime in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena on May 23, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Memo To Thunder: Just Wait Until Next Year

There’s a stigma in sports about saying things like “just wait until next year.” It’s a phrase Mets fans dread to utter, and Knicks and Rangers fans have become far too comfortable with.


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Nowitzki, Mavericks Hold On To Beat Thunder 93-87

Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points during an off night for both of the game’s superstars, and the Dallas Mavericks built a huge lead early before hanging on for a 93-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a 2-1 lead.


Dwyane Wade #3, LeBron James #6 and Joel Anthony #50 of the Miami Heat celebrate after they won 85-75 against the Chicago Bulls in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 18, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: LeBron James And Co. Turning On The Heat

In the first contest, we saw how the Bulls were going to win games in this series. In Game 2, we saw how the Heat will. The difference was stark and sets the stage for how the rest of this series will go.


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Schmeelk: Nowitzki’s Performance Can Only Be Described As RIDIRKULOUS

There’s no other word to describe it. I had to make one up. That was riDirkulous. I hope everyone enjoyed the show Dirk Nowitzki put on last night. It’s something you might never see again.


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Mavericks Eliminate Lakers, Phil Jackson Heads Into Retirement

Jason Terry tied an NBA playoff record with nine 3-pointers and the Dallas Mavericks matched another postseason mark with 20 3s, powering them to a 122-86 victory over the Lakers on Sunday and a sweep of their second-round series.


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Angry Mavs Take Out Frustrations On Knicks

Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, Shawn Marion had 22 and Jason Terry 21 and the Dallas Mavericks proved themselves to their coach by beating the New York Knicks 127-109 Thursday night.



Carmelo, Knicks Shoot For Fourth Straight Win

Carmelo Anthony had one of his best scoring performances earlier this season against the Mavericks, and he’ll try for a repeat while attempting to lead the Knicks to a rare win in the series Thursday night.



Mavericks Run MSG Win Streak Over Knicks To 5

Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks seized control in the third quarter before beating the New York Knicks 113-97 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.


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Knicks Aim To Stop Mavs Streak

The Knicks hope to continue their three-game home win streak at home Wednesday night when they try to snap Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks’ five-game run.


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Dirk, Mavericks Beat Nets 87-86

Dirk Nowitzki hit a jumper in the lane with 6 seconds to play and the Dallas Mavericks continued their dominance over the New Jersey Nets with an 87-86 victory on Saturday night.