In a series of momentum shifts, the San Antonio Spurs regained theirs with a 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs ended the 3-game homestand by winning 2-of-3, and lead the best-of-seven series three games to two. The teams return to Miami for Game 6 on Tuesday at American Airlines Arena.
Manu Ginobili took full advantage of his rare spot in the starting lineup by scoring 24 points and dishing out 10 assists. Whispers of his potential retirement have circulated throughout the Finals series, as the 35-year old continued to struggle against a suffocating Heat defense in the first four games. But on this night, Ginobili put those rumors to rest by attacking the rim and creating scoring opportunities for himself and teammates.
The recipients of Ginobili’s passes included Tony Parker (26 points) , Danny Green (24 points, six 3-pointers), Tim Duncan (17 points) and Kawhi Leonard (16 points). Duncan pulled down 12 boards, while Leonard grabbed eight rebounds.
Miami’s Big 2 of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade scored 25 points each, with sharpshooter Ray Allen adding 21 points (12 from behind the 3-point line). In addition, Chris Bosh chipped in 16 points and six rebounds. Wade dished out 10 assists, while James added eight assists.
Green made his 25th 3-pointer of the Finals series, breaking the previous record of 22 held by, ironically, Allen.
Game 6 on Tuesday starts at 9 PM Eastern time.