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Season Review: 2010-11

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks shock LeBron James' Heat

NBA.com Staff

Aug 23, 2017 3:14 PM ET

Most figure the Heat will roll after adding LeBron James and Chris Bosh, but the Mavs have other ideas.

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Two words could best sum up this season: The Decision.

Cavaliers star LeBron James shocked people everywhere -- and in Cleveland in particular -- by leaving the familiar confines of his home state to ink a multi-year deal with the Miami Heat. Teamed with incumbent Dwyane Wade and fellow All-Star forward Chris Bosh, the Heat quickly became one of the most scrutinized and reviled teams ever. Miami started out slowly, winning just nine of its first 17 games and gaining few sympathizers. But they shook it off to finish 58-24, good for second in the East.

First place? The Chicago Bulls, who finished with their best record since Michael Jordan graced the United Center. They were led by third-year guard (and MVP) Derrick Rose. Meanwhile on the other end of the country, the Los Angeles Lakers were chasing history with its pursuit of another championship.

The Dallas Mavericks, however, stole the show, dispatching the Lakers in a dominating second-round sweep en route to The Finals. Their opponent was the heavily-favored Heat, who gained fire and tore through the playoffs. But Miami couldn't withstand the veteran savvy and clutch play of future Hall of Famers Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd. In the end, it was Nowitzki who exorcised his postseason demons to win the Larry O'Brien trophy, leaving many to wonder if LeBron would ever achieve the ultimate goal of winning a ring.

PLAYOFFS

Eastern Conference first round
Atlanta defeated Orlando (4-2)
Boston defeated New York (4-0)
Chicago defeated Indiana (4-1)
Miami defeated Philadelphia (4-1)

Western Conference first round
Dallas defeated Portland (4-2)
L.A. Lakers defeated New Orleans (4-2)
Memphis defeated San Antonio (4-2)
Oklahoma City defeated Denver (4-1)

Eastern Conference semifinals
Chicago defeated Atlanta (4-2)
Miami defeated Boston (4-1)

Western Conference semifinals
Dallas defeated L.A. Lakers (4-0)
Oklahoma City defeated Memphis (4-3)

Eastern Conference finals
Miami defeated Chicago (4-1)

Western Conference finals
Dallas defeated Oklahoma City (4-1)

NBA Finals
Dallas defeated Miami (4-2)

SEASON LEADERS

Points -- Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (27.7)
Assists -- Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns (11.4)
Rebounds -- Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves (15.2)
Steals -- Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets (2.4)
Blocks -- Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks (2.6)
FG% -- Nene Hilario, Denver Nuggets (61.5)
FT% -- Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (93.4)
3PT% -- Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs (45.7)

AWARD WINNERS

Most Valuable Player -- Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Rookie of the Year -- Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
Defensive Player of the Year -- Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Most Improved Player -- Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
Sixth Man of the Year -- Lamar Odom, L.A. Lakers
Coach of the Year -- Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls
All-Star Game MVP -- Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Finals MVP -- Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks


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