Hundreds of jubilant fans gathered at Love Field as the jet carrying the team landed in Dallas at about noon Monday, one day after the Mavericks wrapped up the NBA title with a Game 6 win against the Miami Heat.
The plane passed under a water cannon welcome at the airport.
Owner Mark Cuban walked off the plane carrying the championship trophy. Dirk Nowitzki followed him carrying his MVP trophy. Both carried the hardware to a high fence surrounding the runway, allowing fans to get a close look.
Dallas police estimate 2,500 people were at Love Field for the homecoming. Some fans say they started camping out at the airport at 2 a.m.
Officers say there was a much larger crowd on Lemmon Avenue.
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