MAVERICKS PUNCH FINALS TICKET
Nowitzki added 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals Saturday.
(Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images/NBAE)
The Dallas Mavericks are headed to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history after outscoring the Suns by 25 in the second half of a 102-93 Game 6 win Saturday in Phoenix. Dirk Nowitzki followed up his 50 points in Game 5 with just one point in the first quarter as the Suns jumped out to a 15-point advantage, but the 7-foot forward scored 23 over the final three quarters to lead Dallas' comeback. Josh Howard added 20 points and 15 rebounds, Jerry Stackhouse scored 19 points and Jason Terry had 17 for the Mavericks. Boris Diaw finished out his Most Improved Player season with 30 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix, while MVP Steve Nash posted 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds. The 2006 NBA Finals are now set, with Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat coming to Dallas for Game 1 on Thursday, June 8 (9 p.m. ET on ABC).
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DAL
103.8
40.7
13.1
0.467
0.816
0.363

PPG
RPG
APG
FG%
FT%
3P%
PHX
112.2
36.1
27.4
0.473
0.811
0.379
TEAM LEADERS
Nowitzki 27.1
Nowitzki 13.2
Terry 3.1
Diop 0.625
Van Horn 1.000
Van Horn 0.556
PPG
RPG
APG
FG%
FT%
3P%
Marion 25.5
Marion 12.5
Nash 10.8
Diaw 0.518
Thomas 0.933
Diaw 1.000
SEASON SERIES: SUNS 2, MAVERICKS 2
April 13: Suns 117, Mavericks 104 | Boxscore | Video highlights
March 5: Suns 115, Mavericks 107 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Dec. 14: Mavericks 102, Suns 96 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Nov. 1: Mavericks 111, Suns 108 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Game 1: PHX 121, DAL 118 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 2: DAL 105, PHX 98 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 3: DAL 95, PHX 88 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 4: PHX 106, DAL 86 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 5: DAL 117, PHX 101 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 6: DAL 102, PHX 93 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
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