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2011 NBA Finals Schedule: Mavericks Vs. Heat Will Begin On Tuesday In Miami

The Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night in Game 5 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Championship series, clinching Miami's spot in the 2011 NBA Finals. With that win, the 2011 NBA Finals schedule has been set. The best-of-seven playoff series tips off on Tuesday in Miami, and the entire series will be televised on ABC.

Best of seven (2-3-2 format)

Game 1 -- Tue May 31, Dallas at /Miami 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 2 -- Thu June 2, Dallas at Miami 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 3 -- Sun June 5, Miami at Dallas 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 4 -- Tue June 7, Miami at Dallas 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5* -- Thu June 9, Miami at Dallas 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 6* -- Sun June 12, Dallas at Miami 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 7* -- Tue June 14, Dallas at Miami 9 p.m. ET, ABC
*If necessary

Both the Mavericks and Heat last reached the NBA Finals in 2006, when the Heat defeated the Mavericks in six games. Dallas could end up with the sweetest revenge of all, though, should they spoil "the decision" by LeBron James, Chris Bosh and friends.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.