Winner: Heat in six games
Finals MVP: Dwyane Wade
The 2006 NBA Finals featured the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks, two franchises making their first-ever appearance in the season's final showdown. The Mavericks easily handled the Heat in the first two games, winning each game by over 10 points. In Game 3, the Heat's Dwyane Wade went off for 42 points and 13 rebounds, sparking a 13-point comeback with less than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter to earn a 93-92 victory.
After an easy win in Game 4, Miami would barely edge the Mavs in Game 5 after the controversial "phantom foul" call sent Wade to the foul line, where he cashed in two free-throws to give the Heat the victory and 3-2 series lead. The Mavs came close to taking this series to Game 7, but Wade's 36 points in Game 6 led the Heat to a 95-92 victory and an NBA title.