Next Level Player of the Week
Dirk Nowitzki's crunch-time performance was one of the NBA Finals' biggest storylines. Nowitzki scored 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting and made all nine free throws in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime, with the score margin within five points. He was plus-18 over the course of the series during this time.
Liriano nearly threw his second no-hitter of the season Sunday against the Rangers, and his slider was a big reason why. He recorded 12 outs on his slider without allowing a hit. Liriano threw 24 of his 28 sliders (85.7 percent) for strikes despite just 11 of them being in the strike zone. His Game Score of 83 was identical to the Game Score in his no-hitter earlier this season.
Terry entered Game 5 shooting less than 40 percent from 15-plus feet in the Finals. But in Games 5 and 6, Terry found his stroke, making more field goals from 15-plus feet than in the previous four games combined. Terry made a series-high seven such field goals (on 11 attempts) in Game 6 to close out the Heat, the most by any player in one game in the series.
Both of Miguel Olivo's home runs Sunday came on changeups. Prior to Sunday, Olivo had hit just three home runs on changeups since 2009. Olivo joined Carlos Gonzalez as the only players this year with two home runs off changeups in the same game. Olivo is the seventh player to do it in the past three seasons, and the fourth since 2010.
SAMSUNG NEXT LEVEL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Samsung Next Level Player of the Week pits four athletes with the most impressive statistical performances against each other.