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Ginobili’s aggressive play drives Spurs to victory over Heat (+video)

Manu Ginobili's double-double led the San Antonio Spurs to a 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James of the Miami Heat comment on the Spurs' win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday night.
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Manu Ginobili had 24 points and 10 assists, and Danny Green (24 points) hit six 3-pointers – giving him a Finals series record total of 25 threes – as the San Antonio Spurs pulled away from the Miami Heat, 114-104, in a critical fifth game of the NBA Finals Sunday night in San Antonio’s AT&T Center.

Ginobili, who was struggling for much of this series, got the starting nod from coach Gregg Popovich – who decided to go small to start, benching big man Tiago Splitter – and it paid off big. Tony Parker was also playing an inspired game, hitting for 26 points on 10-14 from the field, with he and Ginobili hitting circus shots from both the perimeter and inside – in the case of the latter, the Spurs outscored the Heat on drives down the lane, 45-33.

As a whole, the Spurs hit 60% of their field goals, and that was able to sustain them through a number of Heat resurgences in the third and fourth quarters. The Heat, though they were able to close the gap to within one point with three minutes left in the third, never led in the game. The Spurs closed out the period with a 12-1 run that helped them pull away for good.

The Spurs attacked the glass relentlessly, and it brought dividends: 50 points in the paint as opposed to 40 for the Heat. And though they gave up 20 points on 19 turnovers for the game, the fact that all five San Antonio starters scored solidly in double figures – Tim Duncan had another double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard netted 16 points to go with 8 rebounds and 3 steals – negated the effects of the turnovers, which have continued to plague the Spurs in the Finals.

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