Manu Ginobili was in the building with his best game in the NBA Playoffs, but the other story in Game 5 of the NBA Finals was former North Carolina Tar Heel standout, Danny Green. Green was lethal from downtown. Green’s shooting and Manu finally made an entrance in the 2013 NBA Championship series that led the Spurs to a much needed 114-104 victory. As a result, the Miami Heat must win back to back games to claim their second consecutive NBA Championship. Neither team has won back to back games; therefore, it going to be tough for the Heat.
In Game 4 of the NBA Finals, D-Wade had his best game of the series. In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Manu gets his first start of the season. He did not disappoint Spurs’ fans. His 24 points and 10 assists was easily the x-factor that pushed the Spurs within 1 game of winning the 2013 NBA Championship.
When it was not Manu making acrobatic floaters, it was Green daring the Heat’s defense to give him just enough room to let one fly from deep. His 6 shots from behind the arc brought his total to 25 three point shots for 2013 NBA Final series. His 25 shots from distance for the series broke the record of most three point shots made in an NBA Finals series. The old record of 22 three-point shots was held by Heat’s Ray Allen. Allen set the record when he played in the 2008 NBA Finals while with the Boston Celtics. Green finished the game with 24 points.
Heat’s perimeter defense or the lack of it have them staring at a two game sweep to win the 2013 NBA Championship. Green’s 6 three-pointers were from the Heat’s defense falling asleep. On offense, LeBron scored 25 points, but Kawhi Leonard and Spurs’ defense made him work for each basket. Wade was also solid with 25 points and 10 assist. Spurs shot 60 percent for the game. You are not going to win too many games when your defense allows a 60 percent shooting night. Bosh scored 16 points; however, he did not hit the boards as the Heat needed. He only grabbed 6 rebounds for the game. Ray Allen shot 70 percent from the field, and he finished the game with 21 points in the Heat’s loss. Overall, the Heat’s offense was on point; however, it was their defense that did not tighten up enough to force the Spurs’ shooters off the spot.
Parker led all scorers with 26 points, and Duncan had a solid game with 17 points and 12 rebounds. San Antonio with one victory will win their 5th NBA Championship in 5 trips to the NBA Finals. 2013 NBA Championship series have been about bouncing back as the Spurs done in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. If the Spurs have consecutive great shooting nights, the Spurs will celebrate on Miami’s home floor. However, it everything goes according to how the 2013 NBA Championship series has went there will be a Game 7. Heat must play the perimeter defense as they did in Game 4 of the NBA Finals to force a Game 7. The 2013 NBA Championship is on the brink of being crowned and the only question is what team wants it more. The excitement continues in Game 6 Tuesday night in Miami.