Dirk Nowitzki named MVP
Dirk's on Top of the World
Dirk Nowitzki was named the most valuable player of the NBA Finals for his huge role in leading the Dallas Mavericks to their first championship on Sunday. He also joins a short list of players born outside the U.S. to win Finals MVP.
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"I really still can't believe it," Nowitzki said after the Mavs wrapped up the crown with a 105-95 win in Sunday's Game 6.
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.
"We worked so hard and so long for it," Nowitzki said. "The team has had an unbelievable ride."
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said: "I'm so happy for him. I'm so happy for Dirk."
Nowitzki and Jason Terry, who led the Mavs with 27 points on Sunday, are the two remaining players from the Dallas team that lost to Miami in the 2006 Finals.
"This feeling, to be on the best team in the world, it's just undescribable," Nowitzki said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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