The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 114-104 in Game 5 of the 2013 NBA Finals to take a 3-2 series lead.
Manu Ginobili’s ability to shake off his postseason-long slump sparked the victory. The 35-year-old Argentine scored 10.6 points per game in the playoffs and 7.5 in the finals prior to Sunday. He finished Game 5 with 24 points.
While Ginobili ended his trend of disappointment, Danny Green maintained his streak of dominant shooting. The 25-year-old out of North Carolina scored 24 points, shooting 6-of-10 from three-point territory. His six three-pointers brought his series total to 25, shattering the record of 22 for most three-point field goals made in an NBA Finals previously held by Ray Allen.
San Antonio’s bench only scored seven points, but its starting five performed so efficiently that its absence made no difference. Tim Duncan recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds while Tony Parker added 26 points. Kawhi Leonard finished with 16 points and eight boards, continuing also to play tough defense on LeBron James.
James finished the game with 25 points, his second-highest total of the series, but only snagged six rebounds. His previous finals low on the glass was eight. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 41 points, bringing the Big Three’s total to 66. While their play wasn’t perfect, Miami's supporting cast—outside of Allen—failed to help pick up any slack.
Allen scored 21 points, shooting 4-of-4 from downtown. The rest of the Heat—outside of Allen and the Big Three—combined for just 17 points.
The series will shift back to Miami and AmericanAirlines Arena for the remainder of the finals. Game 6, in which the Spurs can clinch, will be played on Tuesday, June 18, and start at 9 p.m. ET.
David Daniels is a breaking news writing at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.
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