2011 – In Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 100-96, to move on to the Finals. Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion each scored 26 points as the Mavericks completed a fourth-quarter comeback in front of their home fans. Dallas then went on to defeat the Miami Heat in six games in the NBA Finals.
The San Antonio Spurs ousted the Mavericks in the first round in this postseason. The last time the Heat did not make it out of the first round was 2010, which was the final year that LeBron James was in Cleveland. James is looking to bring the Heat to the Finals for the fourth straight year.