The San Antonio Spurs are now just one win away from dethroning the reigning NBA Champion Miami Heat after a game 5 victory, by a score of 114-104. They will look to clinch the series on Tuesday, June 18th in Miami.
Much like game 4, game 5 saw the reemergence of a superstar when his team needed it the most. Manu Ginobili started his first game of the season, and finished with 24 points and 10 assists. He was aggressive from the start, and looked like the Ginobili of old instead of an old Ginobili.
In the process of winning, Danny Green, who has been a breakout star in this series, broke an NBA Finals record set by a member of the opposing team. He has now hit 25 threes in the series; the previous record, held by Miami’s Ray Allen when he was a member of the Boston Celtics, was 22 threes in the 2008 Finals.
Miami got solid games out of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, who combined for 50 points. Ray Allen also added 21 off the bench.
The Spurs got a balanced attack, as all five of their starters scored in double figures, and three of them scored at least 24 points.
Can the Heat respond in game 6 the way they have after every loss in these playoffs? They have no choice if they want to avoid another Texas team celebrating an NBA Championship on their home court for the second time in three years.