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2011 NBA Playoffs: Ginobili, Spurs Win Game 5, Grading Each Team's Performance

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2011 NBA Playoffs: Ginobili, Spurs Win Game 5, Grading Each Team's Performance
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Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies in what was a must-win game for the Spurs. The Grizzlies came into the night 3-1 in the series and were just minutes away from completing one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history.

This postseason's number one seed in the West, one of two 60-win teams this season, was within one minute of being eliminated from the playoffs. A 91-87 lead for the Grizzlies would soon be erased , as six points in the last two minutes from Manu Ginobili would pull the Spurs within three points with seconds remaining.

That's when Gary Neal decided to give the Spurs a final push.

A 25-foot three-point shot with time expiring would send the game into overtime, where the Spurs would outscore the Grizzlies by seven and send the series to a Game 6.

Now down 3-2 in the series, fans learned that there is still fight in this San Antonio Spurs team that has seemed especially sluggish this postseason.

Taking out the red pen, here are the grades for each team in the Game 5 thriller.

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