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Dirk Nowitzki Named 2011 NBA Finals MVP After Mavericks Beat Heat For Championship

Dirk Nowitzki was named the 2011 NBA Finals MVP after his Dallas Mavericks knocked off the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the championship series on Sunday. The Mavericks won 105-95 in Miami on Sunday; Nowitzki had 21 points and 11 rebounds in victory. He had shot just 1-12 in the first half, but his teammates -- most notably an electric Jason Terry -- held the fort and Dallas led by two at halftime. Dirk exploded in the second half, scoring 18 points on 8-15 shooting, including a couple of ridiculous makes down the stretch.

For the Finals, Nowitzki averaged 26 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Nowitzki becomes the third foreign-born player to win Finals MVP, joining Hakeem Olajuwon (who won two with the Houston Rockets) and Tony Parker, who took the Russell home in 2007 as the San Antonio Spurs won the title over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

For more on Nowitzki's huge finish, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.