2006 NBA Finals


2006 NBA Finals
2006 NBA Finals
2006 NBA Finals.jpg
Team Coach Wins
Miami Heat Pat Riley 4
Dallas Mavericks Avery Johnson 2
Dates: June 8–20
MVP: Dwyane Wade
(Miami Heat)
Television: ABC (U.S.)
Announcers: Mike Breen and Hubie Brown
Radio network: ESPN
Announcers: Jim Durham and Jack Ramsay
Referees:
Game 1: Joe Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Bennett Salvatore
Game 2: Bob Delaney, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush
Game 3: Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer, Jack Nies
Game 4: Dick Bavetta, Mike Callahan, Bernie Fryer
Game 5: Joe Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Bennett Salvatore
Game 6: Dan Crawford, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush
Hall of Famers: Coaches:
Pat Riley (2008)
Eastern Finals: Heat defeated Pistons, 4–2
Western Finals: Mavericks defeated Suns, 4–2
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The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005–06 National Basketball Association season. The Miami Heat won the championship in six games over the Dallas Mavericks, winning the final game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, and becoming the third team to win a championship after trailing 0–2 in the series.[1]

This was Dallas' and Miami's first appearance in the finals, as well as the second matchup of teams from Florida and Texas (with the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic participating in the 1995 NBA Finals). Heat guard Dwyane Wade was named Most Valuable Player of the series. It was also the first Finals not to have either the Los Angeles Lakers or San Antonio Spurs since 1998. It also marked the first time since 1971 that the Finals featured both teams playing in their first NBA Finals series. To date, it is also the last Finals loss by a team from Texas (the Rockets lost in 1981 and 1986) against seven championships (four by the Spurs, two by the Rockets, and one by the Mavericks, who won a rematch of this Finals in 2011).

Contents

Series summary

Game 1 Thursday, June 8 Dallas Mavericks 90-80 (1-0) Miami Heat
Game 2 Sunday, June 11 Dallas Mavericks 99-86 (2-0) Miami Heat
Game 3 Tuesday, June 13 Miami Heat 98-96 (1-2) Dallas Mavericks
Game 4 Thursday, June 15 Miami Heat 98-74 (2-2) Dallas Mavericks
Game 5 Sunday, June 18 Miami Heat 101-100 OT (3-2) Dallas Mavericks
Game 6 Tuesday, June 20 Dallas Mavericks 92-95 (2-4) Miami Heat

The Heat became the second team since 1985 to sweep the middle three games on the road, the 2004 Detroit Pistons being the first. In 1985 the NBA switched the Finals to the current 2-3-2 format.

Qualifying

  • The Miami Heat won the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals over the Detroit Pistons, 4–2.
  • The Dallas Mavericks won the 2006 Western Conference Finals over the Phoenix Suns, 4–2.

Broadcasting

ABC had exclusive rights to televise the NBA Finals in the United States.[2] Play-by-play announcer Mike Breen and color commentator Hubie Brown called the action, with courtside reporting by Lisa Salters and Stuart Scott. Radio counterpart ESPN Radio broadcast the Finals, with Jim Durham and Dr. Jack Ramsay calling the action. The featured song, aired throughout the playoffs, was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Runnin' Down a Dream."

Game 2 of the Finals, which took place the same evening as the 60th Tony Awards, was the most-watched program of June 11, 2006. ABC won the night with 3.5 rating and 10 share, CBS came in fourth with a 1.5/4 for the Tonys.[3] On June 20, Game 6 had a 4.4/13 among viewers aged 18–49.[4]

Playoff rosters

Dallas Mavericks
2006 Finals Roster
Head Coach: Avery Johnson
PG 10 United States Darrell Armstrong (Fayetteville State)
C 25 United States Erick Dampier (Mississippi State)
SG 6 United States Marquis Daniels (Auburn University)
C 7 Senegal DeSagana Diop (Oak Hill Academy (VA))
SG/SF 44 United States Adrian Griffin (Seton Hall)
PG 34 United States Devin Harris (Wisconsin)
SF 5 United States Josh Howard (Wake Forest)
C 28 Belgium D.J. Mbenga (DR Congo /Belgium)
PF 41 Germany Dirk Nowitzki – Captain (Germany)
F 21 Flag of the United States.svg Josh Powell (NC State)
G/F 42 United States Jerry Stackhouse (North Carolina)
PG 31 United States Jason Terry (Arizona)
F 2 United States Keith Van Horn (Utah)
Miami Heat
2006 Finals Roster
Head Coach: Pat Riley
G/F 5 United States Derek Anderson (Kentucky)
G/F 49 United States Shandon Anderson (University of Georgia)
C 30 United States Earl Barron (Memphis)
C 51 United States Michael Doleac (Utah)
PF 40 United States Udonis Haslem (Florida)
SF 24 United States Jason Kapono (UCLA)
C/PF 33 United States Alonzo Mourning (Georgetown)
C 32 United States Shaquille O'Neal – Captain (LSU)
PG 20 United States Gary Payton (Oregon State)
SF/G 42 United States James Posey (Xavier (Ohio))
PF 25 United States Wayne Simien (Kansas)
SG 3 United States Dwyane Wade – Captain (Marquette)
PG 55 United States Jason Williams (Florida/Marshall)
SF 1 United States Dorell Wright (South Kent Prep HS,
Lawndale, California)
F 8 United States Antoine Walker (University of Kentucky)

Game summaries

Game One

Dallas' Jason Terry scored a playoff-high 32 points as the Mavericks overcame a 31–23 deficit at the end of the first quarter.

June 8
9:00pm ET
1 Miami Heat 80, Dallas Mavericks 90    American Airlines Center, Dallas
Attendance: 20,475
Referees:
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 31–23, 13–23, 24–24, 12–20
Pts: Dwyane Wade 28
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 8
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Pts: Jason Terry 32
Rebs: Josh Howard 12
Asts: Nowitzki, Howard 4 each
Dallas leads series, 1–0.

Game Two

Dirk Nowitzki had a stellar 26 point-16 rebound performance, and the Mavericks cruised past the Heat to take a 2–0 series lead.

June 11
9:00pm ET
2 Miami Heat 86, Dallas Mavericks 99    American Airlines Center, Dallas
Attendance: 20,459
Referees:
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 17–18, 17–32, 24–32, 27–17
Pts: Dwyane Wade 23
Rebs: Dwyane Wade 8
Asts: Payton, Williams 4 each
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 26
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 16
Asts: Jason Terry 9
Dallas leads series, 2–0.

Game Three

Game 3 of the 2006 NBA Finals

Led by Dwyane Wade's 42 points and 13 rebounds, the Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The momentum-changing comeback was capped by a Gary Payton field goal from just inside the three-point line with 9.3 seconds left. Dirk Nowitzki had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line with 3.4 seconds to go, but missed 1 of 2, sealing the win for Miami.

June 13
9:00pm ET
3 Dallas Mavericks 96, Miami Heat 98    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
Attendance: 20,145
Referees:
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 21–29, 22–23, 34–16, 19–30
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 30
Rebs: Erick Dampier 9
Asts: Jason Terry 5
Pts: Dwyane Wade 42
Rebs: Dwyane Wade 13
Asts: Shaquille O'Neal 5
Dallas leads series, 2–1.

Game Four

Dwyane Wade shined again for the Heat with 36 points, and Miami held Dallas to just seven points in the fourth quarter en route to a series-tying, blowout victory. The Mavericks' low-scoring fourth quarter was the lowest ever by any team during the NBA Finals. Jerry Stackhouse caught Shaquille O'Neal with a flagrant foul that resulted in him being suspended for Game 5.

June 15
9:00pm ET
4 Dallas Mavericks 74, Miami Heat 98    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
Attendance: 20,145
Referees:
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 25–30, 19–24, 23–24, 7–20
Pts: Jason Terry 17
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 9
Asts: Jerry Stackhouse 4
Pts: Dwyane Wade 36
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13
Asts: Jason Williams 6
Miami ties series, 2–2.

Game Five

Dwyane Wade was the star yet again with 43 points, shooting as many free throws as all the Mavericks combined (a fact that did not sit well with head coach Avery Johnson[5]), leading the Heat to their third straight win over Dallas after being down 0–2 in the series. After getting the ball in to Wade with 9.1 seconds left, Dallas committed a controversial foul to send him to the line to shoot two free throws with 1.9 seconds left on the game clock. Wade hit the first free throw when Josh Howard mistakenly called the Mavericks' last remaining time-out which would prevent them from advancing the ball should Wade convert on the second attempt. Wade eventually made the second free throw to give his team a one-point lead after which Devin Harris attempted and missed a desperate half court buzzer beater. Wade set an NBA Finals record for most made free throws in a game with 21.[6]

After the game, Dirk Nowitzki kicked a ball into the stands and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban caused many "acts of misconduct" resulting in both of them being fined $5,000 and $250,000 respectively.[7]

June 18
9:00pm ET
5 Dallas Mavericks 100, Miami Heat 101 (OT) OT  AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
Attendance: 20,145
Referees:
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 30–19, 20–27, 22–23, OT: 7–8
Pts: Jason Terry 35
Rebs: Josh Howard 10
Asts: Marquis Daniels 4
Pts: Dwyane Wade 43
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: Wade, Williams 4 each
Miami leads series, 3–2.

Game Six

Behind Dwyane Wade 's 36 points, Miami edged Dallas to win their first championship in franchise history as Jason Terry missed a critical 3-pointer that would've sent the game to overtime. Averaging 34.7 points per game in the championship series, Wade was named NBA Finals MVP (Most Valuable Player).

June 20
9:00pm ET
6 Miami Heat 95, Dallas Mavericks 92    American Airlines Center, Dallas
Attendance: 20,522
Referees:
ABC
Scoring by quarter: 23–30, 26–18, 22–20, 24–24
Pts: Dwyane Wade 36
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: Jason Williams 7
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 29
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 15
Asts: Jason Terry 5
Miami wins series, 4–2.

Aftermath

The Mavericks would post the league's best record with 67 victories in the 2006-07 NBA season but were ousted by the eight-seeded Golden State Warriors in a six-game first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. The Mavs' playoff defeat marked the first time a top seed was eliminated in a seven-game first round series since it was implemented in 2003. Still, Dirk Nowitzki was named the regular season MVP at season's end. After another playoff loss to the New Orleans Hornets in 2008, in which the Mavericks brought back Jason Kidd, head coach Avery Johnson was fired and replaced by Rick Carlisle. After another two early playoff exits, the Mavericks won 57 games in the 2010-11 season and returned to the Finals.

The Heat would lose convincingly by 42 points to the Chicago Bulls in the opening night of the 2006–07 season, the worst opening-day margin of defeat for a defending champion in NBA history. Injuries would keep the team from surpassing or even equaling last season's total, yet they still won the Southeast Division despite winning only 44 games. The Bulls would oust them in a four-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs, the first such occurrence since 1957. The following year, Miami completed its two-year turnaround from NBA champion to the NBA's worst team by winning only 15 games, equaling the mark set by the team in their inaugural season, which saw Shaquille O'Neal traded to the Phoenix Suns in mid-season and Dwyane Wade missing 31 games. The Heat gradually climbed back to contention in the Erik Spoelstra era, culminating in the much-publicized free-agent acquisitions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. The Heat won 58 games in the 2010-11 season, and along with the Mavericks, returned to the Finals in 2011.

In the rematch, the Mavericks won in six games after trailing 2-1 in the Finals. It was the Mavericks' first NBA championship. Dirk Nowitzki was named Finals MVP.

As of 2011, this is Miami's fifth championship among the Big Four sports leagues; the MLB's National League Florida Marlins won the World Series in 1997 and 2003 while the NFL's Miami Dolphins won the Super Bowl in 1972 and 1973.

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