Nowitzki added 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals Saturday.
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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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