After getting called out for subpar play for the past three days, his coach gave him the opportunity, and he seized it. Manu Ginobili, in his first start of the season, finished with 24 points and 10 assists as the Spurs put away the Heat in the second half to take a 3-2 series lead. A game that looked, at times, that it might come down to the wire, eventually went the route of the previous three games, a double digit victory, this time it was the Spurs 114-104
As for Ginobili, he had been averaging only 7.5 points for the series and was coming off his worst ever finals performance, shooting 1-5 with only 5 points. None of that mattered however, as the Spurs entire team took an aggressive, up-tempo approach, pushing the ball following every Heat possession and creating shot opporutinites for their guards, specifically Ginobili and Danny Green. Green, who broke the NBA record for most 3-pointers made in an NBA finals series with 23, ended up with 24 points, including 6 of 10 from three point range.
On the defensive side of the ball the focus for the Spurs was frustrating LeBron James, specifically in the paint. Though James did score 25 points, he finished with only 6 rebounds, had none in the first half and did not seem to ever get in rhythym, shooting 8-22. Following a 30 point performance in game four, Dwyane Wade put together a solid offensive game with 25 points, but outside of these two and Ray Allen, the scoring was non existent for Miami, who sit on the brink of losing their second NBA finals in three years.
Game 6 is Tuesday night and can be heard on WGR550 following the John Murphy Show