Posted Jun 13 2011 6:25AM
MIAMI (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki has been named MVP of the NBA finals for his huge role in leading the Dallas Mavericks to their first championship.
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.
|The Serge Protector|
Serge Ibaka gets up not once but twice to block Joakim Noah's layup attempts.
|Nice Move by Jackson|
Reggie Jackson dribbles behind his back and blows by Marquis Teague to score the layup.
|Jackson Attacks the Rim|
Reggie Jackson drives to the basket and attacks the rim with two handed jam.
|Durant Steal and Layup|
Kevin Durant picks off the pass from Joakim Noah and gets rewarded with the fastbreak layup.
|Nash on Kobe's Injury|
Steve Nash talks about Kobe Bryant's injury and it's impact on the Los Angeles Lakers.