An old bible passage once said “that my son was dead and is now alive, he was lost and is now found..” That familiar adage proved to be true to the Jet Jason Terry who has risen from the dead to help out the german Assasin and NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki and the never say die Dallas Mavericks to a convincing 105 – 95 win over the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The win not only gave them the all important fourth win but it avenged their 2006 finals meltdown against the same team.
The Mavs served notice when they dispatched the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in four games, even blowing them out int he fourth one. The Mavs showed the best player in the planet Kobe Bryant that its their time to shine. The potent offensive weapons of the Mavericks were no match to the rising stars of the West as they matched every offensive flurry of the NBA’s leading scorer Kevin Durant in which they came back from the dead twice on the road to win the West.TO make matters worse the Mavericks had the answer to the dreaded threesome from Florida as they shut down Lebron James, survived Dwayne Wade and tamed Chris Bosh. The Mavericks found ways to win and deserved every inch of the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Redemption might also be another subplot in this NBA Finals as another Jason, the Kidd who started his career in the same city will hopefully end it with a ring. Jason Kidd who twice fell short in the 2003 and 2004 finals has been the guidinglight of the Mavericks as he showed the way for his ward JJ Barea who was inserted to the starting line up in game 4 and everything went well for the Mavericks. Coach Rick Carlisle was also an assistant coach of the Indiana team that lost to the Lakers in 2000 and has transformed all that bad experiences into something worth rallying for. From a band of misfits, Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler and Peja Stojakovic can now ride on the momentum of their win and have something taht a lot of NBA Superstars would trade anytihgn for - that elusive NBA ring.
The Mavericks opened strong and had their first double digit lead 40 – 28 on a three point shot by De Shawn Stevenson with 9:42 left in the second quarter. The Heat sued for time and unleashed another patented 14 -0 run capped by the second three pointer of Eddie House that had them lead by two 42 -40 with 6:25 remaining. Unfortunately for the Heat, the Mavericks offense was in full force as they sank 11 of 26 three point shots taht fueled the Dallas team to another 100 point scoring night. The story of the Dallas Maverick’s resiliency, determination and never say die attitude will be a topic that will long be told in for many years to come. Congratulations to Mark Cuban and the 2011 NBA Champs, the Dallas Mavericks.