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SAN ANTONIO---With the old Manu Ginobili
back, the San Antonio Spurs looked like
Ginobili broke out of a slump in a big way
with 24 points and 10 assists in a surprise
start to spark San Antonio to a 114-104 victory
over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA
Finals on Sunday, giving the Spurs a 3-2 lead
in the series and pushing them one victory
away from their fifth championship.
One more victory and the Spurs Big Three,
not Miami s, will be the one that rules the
Tony Parker scored 26 points, Tim Duncan
had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Ginobili
had his highest-scoring game of the season
as the Spurs became the first team to shoot
60 percent in a finals game in four years.
Danny Green smashed the NBA Finals record
for three-pointers with six more and scored
24 points. Kawhi Leonard finished with 16,
but the stage was set when Ginobili trotted
out with Duncan, Parker and the rest of starters
in what could have been the last finals home
game for a trio that s meant so much to San
The AT&T Center crowd roared when Gino-
bili was the last Spurs player announced and
chanted his name in the second half, a familiar
sight and sound in San Antonio but not during
what had been a miserable series for the former
Sixth Man of the Year.
"He s obviously very popular. He s been
here a long time. He s helped us have a lot of
success over the years," Spurs coach Gregg
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each
scored 25 points for the Heat, who host Game
6 tonight. They need a victory to force the
first Game 7 in the finals since the Lakers beat
the Celtics in 2010.
Miami s Big Three formed a few weeks after
that game, with predictions of multiple titles
to follow. Now they re a loss away from going
just 1 for 3 in finals to start their partnership,
while the Spurs could run their perfect record
"They just absolutely outplayed us," Heat
coach Erik Spoelstra said. "At times they were
just picking one guy out at a time and going
at us mano-a-mano. That s got to change."
Ray Allen scored 21 points on the night for
the Heat as Green shattered his finals three-
The Heat were within one with 3:05 left in
the third before Green hit yet another three-
pointer and Ginobili followed with the stretch
that turned the game into the fourth straight
blowout of the finals.
The crafty lefty plays with a flair developed
on the courts of Argentina and perfected in
Europe before coming to the NBA.
He sees angles other players can t and takes
risks few others would, but his style has been
the perfect fit alongside Duncan and Parker.
He converted a three-point play, tossed in
a floater with his left hand as he drifted right,
and found Tiago Splitter under the hoop with
a pass to make it 85-74. He flipped in another
runner with 2.9 seconds to go, sending the
Spurs to the fourth with an 87-75 lead.
Ginobili had been averaging just 7.5 points
on 34.5 percent shooting in the series, making
only three of his 16 three-point attempts. But
Spurs Popovich made the finals second lineup
change in two games, after the Heat inserted
Mike Miller to start Game 4.
Ginobili didn t make a start this season and
certainly hadn t been playing like someone
who belonged with the first five. But in the
Spurs biggest game of the season, they
remained confident he would break out, and
they were right.
The AT&T Center crowd roared when Gino-
bili was the last starter announced, the cheers
growing louder when he made a jumper---
originally ruled a 3-pointer but later overturned
by replay---on the first possession.
He assisted on the Spurs next three baskets,
and it was 15-10 when he later hit a 3 that
Parker picked it up from there, dancing his
way into the lane repeatedly and scoring seven
points in a 12-0 run that made it 29-17.
Leonard s 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left, on
an assist from Ginobili, made it 32-19 and
gave the Spurs 12 makes in 19 attempts (63
percent) in the opening 12 minutes.
Green has 25 threes in the series. Allen made
22 three-pointers in six games in 2008 finals
Green s third straight three-pointer made
it 45-28 about 5 minutes into the second quar-
ter, and it seemed the trend of blowouts would
continue. But James suddenly got rolling during
a 14-2 Miami spurt that cut it to five on his
third consecutive Heat basket.
San Antonio made 21 of 34 shots (62 per
cent) in the first half, opening a 61-52 lead on
Parker s drive with 0.4 seconds left.
Miami then ran off eight in a row to start the
second half and get within one. They cut it to
one again later in the period before Ginobili led
the flurry that finished the Heat for good. (AP)
Ginobili sparks Spurs to Game 5 win
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, attempts a shot as Miami Heat's Chris
Bosh (1) defends during the second half at Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball series,
Sunday in San Antonio. Spurs won 114-104. AP PHOTO
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