Spurs win Game 5, take 3-2 series lead over Heat

Spurs win Game 5, take 3-2 series lead over Heat
June 16, 2013, 10:45 pm
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SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili told reporters earlier this week that he was contemplating retirement after this season.

He might want to put those thoughts on hold after a breakout performance in San Antonio's 114-104 Game 5 win over Miami.

Ginobili, having scored a total of 30 points through the first four game of The Finals, had 24 points and 10 assists in Sunday's victory.

The Spurs now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, with a chance to win the franchise's fifth NBA title on Tuesday in Miami.

Miami trailed the entire game, but came within 75-74 in the third quarter after a free throw by Shane Battier.

The Spurs had a slew of runs, but none more impacting than the one that ensued.

San Antonio went on a 12-1 to close out the quarter, capped off by a driving lay-up by Ginobili which made it an 87-75 game.

The Spurs weren't done.

They began the fourth quarter by scoring the first seven points, well on their way to a surprising dominant victory.

Miami refused to bow out quietly, having trailed by as many as 20 points in the fourth but cutting the Spurs lead to single digits following a lay-up by former Celtic Ray Allen that made it a 109-100 game with about two minutes to play.

A Spurs turnover led to Dwyane Wade being fouled on a dunk attempt. Wade, at the line with 1:37 to play, missed the first of the two free throws.

Ahead 109-101, the Spurs were seemingly one or two baskets away from putting the game away.

A driving lay-up by Tony Parker and a 3-pointer by Danny Green put San Antonio ahead 114-101, all but sealing the victory with 1:06 to play.

There were several story lines that played out in Game 5, but none bigger than Ginobili who got a rare start for San Antonio.

The way he has struggled in The Finals, the Spurs knew they had to make some kind of change to get him going.

To Ginobili's credit, he didn't waste much time getting into a nice flow.

The first points of the game came on a Ginobili 3-pointer. He would go on to score seven points in the first quarter which was just a shade below his scoring average (7.5) through the first four games.

Ginobili's solid start set the tone for a San Antonio that seemed to be hurting the Heat from all points on the floor.

If Tony Parker wasn't blowing past or breaking down a Heat defender, you had Tim Duncan doing work around the basket or Danny Green knocking down 3s. Parker finished with 26 points and five assists.

Even the much-beleaguered Tiago Splitter got into the action with a dunk over Chris Bosh in the first quarter.

But to Bosh's credit, his work around the basket and rebounding kept Miami from falling too far behind. He had 16 points and six rebounds.

Ditto for Wade, who seemed to pick up where he left off in Game 4 when he scored 32 points. Wade tallied 25 points to go with 10 assists.

The only missing piece for long stretches in the first half was LeBron James, who didn't make his presence felt until he had a breakaway dunk in the second quarter that capped off an 8-2 Heat run to cut San Antonio's lead to 47-36. He shared team-high scoring honors with 25 points.

Miami wasn't done as they chipped away at San Antonio's lead to where it stood at just five points after a lay-up by James who still managed to score 25 points.

With their lead down to 51-46, San Antonio responded by scoring six of the game's next seven points to once again lead by double digits.

At the half, the Spurs led 61-52 following a last-second lay-up by Parker who had 11 points in the first half and was one of four double-digit scorers for San Antonio.