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2006 NBA Finals
2006 NBA Finals.jpg
Team Coach Wins
Miami Heat Pat Riley 4
Dallas Mavericks Avery Johnson 2
Dates: June 8 - June 20
MVP: Dwyane Wade
(Miami Heat)
Television: ABC (U.S.)
Announcers: Mike Breen and Hubie Brown
Radio network: NBA on ESPN Radio
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 6 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. This was Dallas' and Miami's first appearance in the finals. Heat guard Dwyane Wade was named Most Valuable Player of the series. It was also the first Finals to not have either the Los Angeles Lakers or San Antonio Spurs since 1998, and the only one of the 2000s decade.



The Finals were played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage. The NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. As of yet, the other playoff series are still running on a 2-2-1-1-1 site format.

The best-of-seven series began on June 8, 2006, with the Eastern Conference champion Heat (the second-seeded team in the East) playing the Western Conference champion Hornerts (the fourth-seeded team in the West). Because the Dallas Mavericks had a better regular season win-loss record, they had home court advantage.

The series was somewhat unusual in that it featured two teams who had never been to the NBA Finals before. The last time that had happened was 35 seasons prior, when the Milwaukee Bucks, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, beat the Baltimore Bullets 4–0 in the 1971 NBA Finals.


  • 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.

Broadcast notes

ABC had exclusive rights to televise the NBA Finals in the United States.[1] Play-by-play announcer Mike Breen and color commentator Hubie Brown called the action, with courtside reporting by Lisa Salters and Stuart Scott. The featured song, aired throughout the playoffs, was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Runnin' Down a Dream."

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)
SG 31 United States Jason Terry (Arizona)
F 2 United States Keith Van Horn (Utah)
Miami Heat
2006 Championship 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)
F 8 United States Antoine Walker (Kentucky)
PG 55 United States Jason Williams (Florida/Marshall)
SF 1 United States Dorell Wright (South Kent Prep HS,
Lawndale, California)

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: Joe Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Bennett Salvatore
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: Bob Delaney, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush
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

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: Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer, Jack Nies
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: Dick Bavetta, Mike Callahan, Bernie Fryer
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

Making a strong case for NBA Finals MVP, 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[2]), leading the Heat to their third straight win over Dallas after being down 0–2 in the series. After a controversial play in which Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thought Wade committed a backcourt violation, Wade hit the game-winning free throws with 1.9 seconds left after Dallas was called for a questionable foul, and also made the shot that sent the game into overtime. He set an NBA Finals record for most made free-throws in a game with 21. Dirk Nowitzki missed 1 of the 2 free throws that could have sent the game to overtime.[3]

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.[4]

June 18
9:00pm ET
5 Dallas Mavericks 100, Miami Heat 101 (OT) OT  AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
Attendance: 20,145
Referees: Joe Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Bennett Salvatore
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: Dan Crawford, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush
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 12
Asts: Jason Terry 5
Miami wins series, 4–2.

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