NBA Finals 2013 highlights: Manu Ginobili, Spurs light up the Heat

Kevin C. Cox

The Heat and Spurs continue to trade victories, and this time San Antonio came out on top.

The San Antonio Spurs put Manu Ginobili in the starting lineup for the first time all season, and he responded with a season-high 24 points and 10 assists in leading his team to a 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

The game was evenly matched and played at a breathless pace in the first quarter before the Spurs took a big lead right at the beginning, thanks to a 15-2 run. Erik Spoelstra said in his interview with sideline reporter Doris Burke that the Heat's offense was "horrible":


All of the Spurs starters were incredible out of the gate, particularly the Big Three, who combined to make nine of their first 10 shots, including this Tim Duncan posterization of Mario Chalmers:


Part of the story was, again, the incomprehensibly hot shooting of Danny Green. He set the NBA Finals record for 3-pointers in a series when he hit his 23rd before finishing the game with 25. This one broke the record:


The game went back and forth early in the third quarter before Manu Ginobili and Green fueled a huge, 19-point Spurs run right before the end of the quarter, sealed appropriately by this devastating floater:


The Spurs have taken a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals as the series turns back to Miami Tuesday night. If Ginobili can match his performance from Game 5 and Green stays hot, it's hard to imagine the Sprus not coming away with title No. 5:


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