Championship blog: Celebration time

Mavs fans celebrate

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Mavericks fans celebrated the team's victory over the Miami Heat inside and outside the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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Posted on June 12, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 13 at 2:49 PM

Check back here through the day Monday as we keep you posted on the latest developments following the Mavericks' NBA championship.

2:15a (AP) — Dallas police are reporting no major problems despite large downtown crowds celebrating the Dallas Mavericks' first NBA championship title. No property damage or injuries were reported late Sunday as fans crowded into downtown Dallas streets following the Mavericks' 105-95 win over the Miami Heat in Miami. Dallas police say they'd made nine arrests as of 12:30 a.m. Sunday, including four for public intoxication and four for disorderly conduct. Another person was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. Police say the vast majority of people were cooperative and good spirited. Officers say accurately gauging the crowd size was nearly impossible.

1:12a (WFAA) — The headline on the front page of Monday morning's Miami Herald is just one word: "FLAMEOUT." Underneath is a photograph of a sad-faced LeBron James giving a hug to teammate Dwayne Wade.

12:24a (WFAA) — As he was leaving the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Dirk Nowitzki high-fived Dallas fans and then honked the horn of the team bus in celebration.

12:06a (WFAA) — Just got word that the Dallas Mavericks' plane will be returning to Love Field at 10:45 a.m. Monday. Don't hold us to it, though.

12:04a (WFAA) —  Headline on Cleveland.com: Mavs take talents to South Beach, win title, 105-95. (Wish I'd thought of that one!)

12:02a (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert got in one final shot after LeBron James fell short of an NBA title. About 15 minutes after the Dallas Mavericks defeated James and the Miami Heat in Game 6 on Sunday night, Gilbert sent a message on his Twitter page to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban —  a statement that included a jab at James. "Congrats to Mark C.& entire Mavs org.," Gilbert wrote. "Mavs NEVER stopped & now entire franchise gets rings. Old Lesson for all: There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE."

Sunday, June 12

11:26p (WFAA) — The Dallas Mavericks are finally leaving American Airlines Arena in Miami to return to their hotel. Current plans are for the team to board a jet back to Dallas at 9 a.m. Monday.

11:20p (WFAA) — Jonathan Betz is reporting on the Mavericks fans lining Greenville Avenue in Dallas, but those crowds were making so much noise, we really couldn't hear what he had to say. Everybody sure looked happy, though. 

11:02p (WFAA) — Rebecca Lopez reports that a line of mounted Dallas police are preparing to slowly move through the crowd outside the American Airlines Center to disperse the celebratory throng in the plaza. There have been four arrests reported: Three for public intoxication and one for disorderly conduct. There are also reports of crowds along Main Street in the downtown district. Police told News 8 this is one of the largest contingents of officers ever assembled for crowd control in the region.

10:55p (WFAA) — Someone asked Heat  superstar LeBron James the inevitable question about coming to Miami and losing. "It hurts, of course," he said. "I'm not going to hang my head low. I know how much work as a team we put into it; I know how much work  individually that I put into it when you guys are not around." Does it bother LeBron that so many people are happy to see him fail? "Absolutely not," he replied. "At the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they've got to wake up tomorrow have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They've got the same personal problems that they had today. And I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do."

10:49p (WFAA) — North Texas expatriates are watching our live streaming coverage of the championship celebration from Lubbock, Illinois, Arizona... and probably a lot of other ports of call!

10:46p (WFAA) — Sprite has released soda cans bearing congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks.

10:43p (WFAA) — "I'm so happy for Dirk; I'm so happy for the Mavericks organization which is such a class organization, as are the Miami Heat," said Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle at  a post-game news conference. "A few minutes after the game, Pat Riley came down to congratulate us and he just showed unbelievable class. We appreciate that." Carlisle said this is the most special team he's ever been around. "It's not about what you can't do, it's about what you can do." He said he has learned a lot from his players, especially Jason Kidd. He also said there is no doubt that Dirk Nowitzki is "one of the all-time great players."

10:42p (WFAA) — Dallas police are shutting down all exit ramps from Interstate 35E into downtown Dallas.

10:41p (WFAA) — The Mavericks will be flying back to Dallas at 9 a.m. Monday.

10:35p (WFAA) — Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Sunday's victory will quiet any doubts about his team. "Just the way everybody kind of doubted us and didn't think we could get it done; it just proves so much that no matter what other people think, it's about what you think about yourself and having the fortitude and the focus," he said. "You can talk about us and beating the Heat, but our fans punked the hell out of their fans; that was one of the best parts. We just punked the s***t out of their fans with the 'Lets Go Mavs,' and that says a lot about Mavericks fans."

10:30p (WFAA) — There's a heavy police presence along Lower Greenville Avenue in Dallas, where there are a lot of bars... and a lot of celebrating going on.

10:27p (WFAA) — "I'm blessed to be on this team in this city," said Mavericks Guard J.J. Barea to News 8's Joe Trahan inside the American Airlines Arena. Asked about his big shot in the fourth quarter: "It meant almost everything," he said. "They were making a run, and I was like, 'Hey, here's my time.'"  Barea was 7-for-12 with 15 points and that big three-pointer in the fourth quarter that turned the game's momentum.

10:22p (WFAA) — "This feeling to be on the best team of the world is just undescribable," said Dirk Nowitzki in a post-game news conference. He praised the work of teammate Jason Terry, who at one point in the game reminded Dirk what had happened in 2006 when the Mavs lost to Miami in The Finals.  "Was he unbelievable tonight or what?" Dirk said. "He watched me struggle early and then he took it upon himself to really attack and look for a shot early and get going early, and man he kept coming all night long."

10:21p (WFAA) — Dallas police report at least one arrest in the mostly well-behaved crowd outside the American Airlines Center. Police officers from all around North Texas are helping Dallas police patrol the crowds. 

10:19p (WFAA) — City of Dallas spokesman Frank Librio has just confirmed that there will be a victory parade  to celebrate the Mavericks' championship. "We don't have a date certain yet, but I can tell you that will most likely be the week of June 20th," he said. "We will announce plans soon and we are ready to throw a big party." The likely parade route will be from City Hall to the American Airlines Center. 

10:14p (WFAA) — Dallas police say at least 5,000 people have jammed the plaza at Victory Park to celebrate the Mavericks' victory.

10:13p (WFAA) — The T-shirts are ready. They say "Dallas 2011 NBA Finals Champions" with an image of the championship trophy. The souvenir shirts are available now at Dick's Sporting Goods and Academy Sports. The Dallas Morning News has released a special souvenir edition with a one-word headline: "Champs!"

10:07p (WFAA) — NPR host Scott Simon was tweeting his support for the Dallas Mavericks throughout Game 6. "What can Miami possibly do to 'improve' themselves next year?" he asked. "Sign Bill Russell, too?"

9:55p (WFAA) — "I still really can't believe it," said Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki after the game. "The team has been unbelievable, riding through ups and downs and always staying together." Nowitzki pointed out that the veteran team has been playing from behind all season long. "The way we came back from huge deficits all season long by believing in each other."

9:50p (WFAA) —  Immediately following the game, a public service announcement sponsored by the NBA urged Mavericks fans to "celebrate with dignity." "We've been working hard all year to bring a championship to Dallas," said Dirk Nowitzki, in the ad which was clearly  recorded before the final game. "Remember: We're all in this together," added teammate Jason Kidd. "Celebrate our victory with style and dignity," implored Jason Kidd. The ad ended with all three Dallas stars saying the same words: "Be safe."

 

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