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Ten years ago today, the Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks 95-92 in Game 6 of the 2006 NBA Finals to cap off one of the most spectacular and bizarre comebacks in NBA history.
It was the most disappointing and heart wrenching moments in Mavericks franchise history — the infamous Fix of ’06 — where seemingly every officiating call during the series seem to favor Dwayne Wade and the Heat.
After Steph Curry’s wife Ayesha took to Twitter to voice her frustrations following the Golden State Warriors controversial Game 6 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night, many compared the game to the questionable officiating back in 2006.
While today marked the 10th anniversary of the Heat’s first championship, Wade felt the need to take to social media to defend himself against those who said he received favorable treatment during Miami’s “tainted” championship run.
Wade via Instagram:
“There’s a lot of coverage on the 2006 NBA Finals right now. One because it was the most controversial Finals to date and today makes exactly 10 years to the date we won our first-ever title as an organization and me as a player.”
“It was one of the greatest moments in my life and probably one of the worst for the Dallas Mavericks. That’s sports. We’ve all had our moments to feel both ways. Now what I’m reading about the series is unfair to me as a basketball player. Did I get some calls that I could have played through? YES. We all do, but was I attacking every time I touched the ball? YES.”
“This picture is an example of a play in Game 5 that everyone said I didn’t get fouled on. Listen, most athlete have never committed a foul, but D-Harris [Devin Harris] my guy, this is a foul, haa. All in all, we did find a way to beat a team that was a much better team than us that season, but they got their payback in 2011 as a franchise so in my mind it’s a wash.”
“But I am proud to take a look back at these moments and say I had a hand in us winning our first ever championship. #2006.”