MIAMI — Dirk Nowitzki was named MVP of the NBA Finals for his huge role in leading the Dallas Mavericks to their first championship.
“I really still can’t believe it,” Nowitzki said after the Mavs wrapped up the crown with a 105-95 win in Sunday’s Game 6.
Although Nowitzki struggled in the Game 6 clincher, he certainly put them in position to win it all, overcoming injury and illness to power fourth-quarter comebacks from deficits of 12, nine and four points in Dallas’ previous wins.
The 2007 league MVP won Game 2 with a left-handed layup despite having torn a tendon in the tip of his left middle finger in Game 1.
He scored 10 of his 21 points in the final period of Game 4 despite playing with a 101-degree fever because of a sinus infection.
In Game 5, his driving dunk in the final minutes put Dallas ahead for good.
“We worked so hard and so long for it,” Nowitzki said. “The team has had an unbelievable ride.”
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said: “I’m so happy for him. I’m so happy for Dirk.” Read more
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