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After 26 years, Mavs reach NBA's grandest stage

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

PHOENIX -- They were once the model franchise. Then they were the Mav-wrecks.

Now, they're headed to the NBA Finals for the first time.

In their 26th season, the Dallas Mavericks finally are headed to the championship round, thanks to an impressive 102-93 comeback victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night that ended the Western Conference finals in six games.

Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry struggled as Dallas went down by 18 early, then the duo powered a 20-4 run that put ...

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