The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 season of this National Basketball Association (NBA) in which the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat four games to two to win their first NBA championship. The show was held from May 31 to June 12, 2011. German participant Dirk Nowitzki has been named the Finals MVP, becoming the second European to win the award following Tony Parker (2007) and also the first German player to achieve that. The show was a rematch.
Going into the series, the Heat were heavy favorites using their recently acquired superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh together with returning superstar Dwyane Wade.
The Dallas Mavericks became the first team in NBA history as the establishment of the two –3–2 format to input Game 3 tied at one, lose Game 3 and win the Finals. The past 11 times this happened, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series.The Mavericks also became just the 7th team, and also the first since 1988, to come back and win the Finals after being down at the series two or more independent times (one game to none, and two games to one). The past six times that occurred, the Finals ended in seven matches; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to take action in six matches.
ABC gained a 10.1 rating, 11.7 million families and almost 17.3 million viewers with all the 2011 Finals, according to Nielsen.