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2010-11 Championship Season of the Dallas Mavericks
Dr. Paul W. McDonough, MD, practices at Orthopedic Associates of Abilene in Abilene, Texas, where he maintains a narrow focus on performing surgeries of the neck and back. In his free time, Dr. Paul McDonough enjoys following the Dallas Mavericks. A member of the NBA since 1980, the Dallas Mavericks enjoyed their most successful season in 2010-11, when the franchise won its first and, to date, only championship. 

Led by star power forward Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks began the year with a win against the Charlotte Bobcats on their way to finishing the regular season with a 57-25 record. Entering the playoffs as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, Dallas went 12-3 through the first three rounds, defeating the No. 6 Trail Blazers in six games in the first round, the No. 2 Lakers in four games in the Western Conference Semifinals, and the No. 4 Thunder in five games in the Western Conference Finals. Their strong performance brought them to the championship series, where they faced the Miami Heat in a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals.

Dallas, a decided underdog in the series, lost the first game to Miami, a team whose roster included the likes of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. In Game 2, the Mavericks were in danger of falling into a 0-2 hole, but a 15-point fourth-quarter comeback brought the series even. After a narrow loss at home in Dallas in Game 3, the team proceeded to run off three consecutive wins to take the series in six games.

Nowitzki, who averaged 26 points and 9.7 rebounds per game over the championship round, earned recognition as the Finals MVP. Aside from their star, the Mavericks relied throughout the series on key contributions from several veteran players, including Jason Terry, who scored 27 points in the deciding game.
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