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Shaq, Riley familiar faces in new-look Finals

Updated: June 8, 2006, 1:06 PM ET
Associated Press

Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki are in the NBA Finals for the first time.

For Shaquille O'Neal and Pat Riley, it's just another June.

There will be plenty new -- and a dash of old -- when the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat open the NBA Finals on Thursday night in Dallas.

Both teams will be making their Finals debut, the first time that has happened since Milwaukee beat Baltimore in 1971.

Dallas, which joined the NBA in 1980, has been waiting longer. Miami showed up eight ...

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