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Recovering from a prolonged slump, Manu Ginobili erupted for a season-high 24 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 114-104 dismantling of the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA Finals series Sunday night, June 16 (Monday morning in Manila) at the AT&T Center.
Ginobili, who moved into the starting five for the game, added 10 assists as all Spurs starters finished with at least 16 points to help San Antonio move just one win away from another NBA title.
Tony Parker showed no effects of his hamstring injury to post 26 points while Danny Green continued to scorch from downtown with 24 markers, 6 rebounds and 6 three-pointers.
Meanwhile, Tim Duncan had 17 points, 12 boards and 2 blocks even as Kawhi Leonard added an efficient 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals.
The Spurs controlled the tempo from the get-go, but the Heat came charging back in the third to trim the gap to 75-74 with 3:05 left in the period.
Then Ginobili took over.
After a Green triple, Ginobili scored 7 of the next 9 San Antonio points, including a bank shot with 2.9 ticks remaining that pushed them ahead, 87-75, entering the final canto.
Another Ginobili jumper gave them a 14-point advantage before Green made it 98-80 after a floater with 8:15 left.
Miami tried to close in one last time and made it 109-101 after Dwyane Wade split his free throws with over a minute remaining, but back-to-back baskets from Green and Parker doused the short-lived rally.
LeBron James and Dwayne Wade each scored 25 points for the Heat while Ray Allen had 21, including two completed 4-point plays. – Rappler.com
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