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2006 NBA Champions - Miami HEAT

Final score: Miami HEAT 95 Dallas Mavericks 92

Dwayne Wade led my Miami HEAT to its first NBA championship. The fans in Miami are going wild and South Florida needs anything to bring the community together. I must admit that I was skeptical of a HEAT win in Dallas territory.

Give credit to the legendary Pat Riley. He is a basketball god. Inarguably charismatic, motivational, inspirational, an all-around great coach. Four rings for Riley...

On the real, Dallas has a great team; much better depth than Miami. They just need to be able to handle stressful situations better. It's understandable that Dallas is disappointed but they must carry themselves like champions and they didn't do that.

There's a tremendous police presence here to keep the fans under control but that's probably not necessary. A parade is tentatively scheduled for Thursday afternoon in downtown Miami.

This victory was so sweet because the HEAT were written off so early. The HEAT came back from a 2-0 deficit and won four straight. Unheard of. The HEAT had not beat Dallas in Dallas before today.

This championship was monumental in so many ways. Miami is now home to champions in basketball, football and baseball. It doesn't get much better than that.

Congratulations, Miami HEAT!

© 2006 VANESSA BYERS, Vanessa: Unplugged
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