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Spurs top Heat in NBA Finals Game 5
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 17, 2013 @ 12:43 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
SAN ANTONIO – Something had changed about the Manu Ginobili supporters in this town.
The tattooed, middle-aged guy at the bar with the No. 20 jersey spoke about the fallen San Antonio Spurs star as if he was an uncle on life support. His countrymen from Argentina were so concerned, so unaccustomed to seeing him play like this, that they brought a banner to Game 5 of the NBA Finals just to remind him of their support: “We Ginobilieve,” it read.
The love wasn’t waning, but the faith most certainly was.
Until Sunday night.
After a surprise start from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich that will go down as the latest stroke of genius in his celebrated coaching career, Ginobili had 24 points and 10 assists in San Antonio’s 114-104 win vs. the Miami Heat. With the Spurs now leading the series 3-2, they head back to Miami for Game 6 on Tuesday with a chance to win the organization’s fifth championship. Since the league went to a 2-3-2 format, and the series has been tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner is 7-3 to win the series.
Just one day before Ginobili’s vintage performance, he had admitted that there was a remote chance he would retire after this season when he becomes a free agent. Yet with his play from beginning to end stellar and the Heat clearly unsure how to handle this new look, the Spurs found themselves dominating on both ends just as they had in Game 3 as well.
They shot 60% from the field, with Tim Duncan adding 17 points and 12 rebounds and guard Danny Green setting a new Finals record with 25 three-pointers by scoring 24 points and hitting six of 10 from beyond the arc.Heat shooting guard Ray Allen had set the previous record of 22 in the 2008 Finals while with the Boston Celtics. Green, remarkably, has now hit 25 three-pointers in this series.
Point guard Tony Parker showed no ill effects of the hamstring strain that ails him, scoring 26 points. The Heat were held to 43% shooting, with LeBron James unable to continue the powerful play he had … [For more on San Antonio Spurs top Miami Heat in NBA Finals Game 5, click here.]
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