Dirk Nowitzki Named MVP Of NBA Finals

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Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks holds up the Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy after Bill Russell presented it to him following the Mavericks 105-95 win against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

MIAMI (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki has been named MVP of the NBA finals for his huge role in leading the Dallas Mavericks to their first championship.

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.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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