Game 5 of the 2013 NBA Finals sustained it’s familiar path; a record being broken, more 3-pointers, neither team being able to win back-to-back games, and a blow out in the fourth quarter.
The San Antonio Spurs 114 defeated the Miami Heat 104 to take a 3-2 series lead as the finals heads back to Miami for Game 6.
In the first four games, Manu Ginobili was shooting 34.5% from the floor and averaged 7.5 points per game.
Gregg Popovich injected Manu into the starting line-up for the first time all season, and it paid off.
Ginobili came out of his slump and led his team to victory with a season-high 24 points, 2 rebounds, 10 assists and 1 steal (7/8 from the free throw line).
Danny Green continued his incredible run breaking an NBA Finals record for the most 3-pointers made in a finals series. Ray Allen was the previous holder (he nailed 22 from deep against the Lakers in 2008). Green tied and then broke the record to finish the night with 24 points, going 6/10 from downtown.
During the Finals, Green is averaging 18 points per game and shooting an amazing 65.8% from beyond the arc (25 for 38 3FGs). Over the first three rounds of the postseason Danny averaged 9.6 points while shooting 43.1% from three.
Level scoring was the name of the game for the Spurs. Tony Parker had a game-high 26 points (10/14 FGs) and 5 assists. Tim Duncan added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and the silent achiever Kawhi Leonard had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist.
Miami’s scorecard was impressive enough to win, but it was their defense and poor ball security that lost them the game.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade led the charge for Miami. James had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Wade also had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 1 steal. However, between the two they were accountable for 7 of Miami’s 13 turnovers.
Mike Miler struggled with the pace of the game again and shot 0/1 for 0 points.
Ray Allen was the bright spark off the bench for Miami. After Green broke his record, Ray showed onlookers why he holds the current record for the most 3-pointers ever in NBA history. Allen finished the game with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
The veteran came alive in fourth with 15 points, and was the catalyst for their much-needed 9-2 run to open the quarter. He shot 70% from the floor on the night and was an amazing 4/4 from downtown (including two 4-point plays).
After Miami’s big three had their highest playoff total ever in Game 4, Manu Ginobili realised he was letting his own big three down. Manu hit the ground running with 8 points in the first 5 minutes.
San Antonio ended the first quarter on a 15-2 run, leading 32-19. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili all chipped in with 7 points.
Boris Diaw must get a mention for his defense on LeBron James and his unselfish passing. He finished the game with 4 assists and James shot 1/8 while being guarded by Diaw.
Just before the half, the Heat went on a 12-0 run to keep the Spurs on their toes, however Danny Green decided it was time to tie Allen’s record, and the Spurs leading scorer for the series help extend their lead to 61-52 before the half way point.
Miami opened the second half on a 7-0 run with some of that Heat, lockdown defense we all know they can play. LeBron was a massive component of this picking up 3 steals early in the third.
The Heat managed to drag it back to a one-point game.
In the same quarter, as LeBron registered his first rebound of the game, Danny Green was busy breaking the NBA Finals record for the most 3-pointers in a finals series.
On the back off Green’s record, San Antonio reacted swiftly and closed the third on a 12-1 run. The Spurs achieved this via some brilliant efforts on the defensive end and some more magic from Manu; this quarter the entire Spurs’ starting five reached double figures.
The Spurs opened the fourth with two horrible possessions. This left the door open for Miami who went on a 9-2 run; Ray Allen had 7 of those points.
Allen maintained his offensive barrage and finished the quarter with 15 points, however the game was out of reach as they were down 17 points with 3:30 to go.
- The Spurs are the first team to shoot 60% in a finals game in four years. The Orlando Magic against the Lakers in 2009 shot 62.5% in Game 3.
- Manu Ginobili had a season-high 24-points in Game 5.
- Only active players that have a better career 3-point shooting percentage than Danny Green are Stephen Curry, Steve Novak and Steve Nash.