Round: NBA Finals
Dates: June 8-June 20
Winner: Heat, 4 games to 2
Description: It was a travesty, but it was also undeniably exciting. Dirk Nowitzki's Mavericks had seemingly arrived and were widely favored to beat the Heat. Dallas was just minutes away from an insurmountable 3-0 series lead, but down by 13 in the fourth quarter of Game 3, Dwyane Wade arrived. Declaring his own personal war on the rim, Wade continually attacked a hapless Mavericks defense right through a Game 3 comeback and for the rest of the series. Thanks to some questionable whistles, including a wildly controversial call in OT of Game 5, Wade made a living at the line for four straight Miami wins, finishing with an NBA Finals-record 95 free throws in just 6 games. We try to forget that it actually happened, but it was just so damn fun.