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NBA Finals
Miami vs. San Antonio
Series (best of 7): San Antonio leads 3-2
June 6: San Antonio 92, Miami 88
June 9: Miami 103, San Antonio 84
June 11: San Antonio 113, Miami 77
June 13: Miami 109, San Antonio 93
Sunday: San Antonio 114, Miami 104
Tuesday: at Miami, 9 p.m.
Thursday: at Miami, 9 p.m.*
* If necessary
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San Antonio’s Tony Parker shoots against Miami’s Chris Bosh during the second half.

Ginobili has Spurs 1 win from title

Heat can’t counter struggling player’s 24 points, 10 assists

– Manu Ginobili had 24 points and 10 assists in a surprise start to spark the San Antonio Spurs to a 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, pushing the Spurs one victory away from their fifth championship.

Danny Green scored 24 points and broke Ray Allen’s finals record for threes in a series with 25. Tony Parker had 26 points for San Antonio.

LeBron James scored 25 points on 8-for-22 shooting for the Heat and Dwyane Wade had 25 points and 10 assists.

But the Heat missed 21 of their first 29 shots to fall behind by 17 points in the second quarter of another uninspired performance.

Game 6 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Miami.

Whirling through the defense like the Manu of old, Ginobili shrugged off a postseason full of disappointment to deliver a performance that the Spurs have never needed more desperately. He hit 8 of 14 shots and had his highest points total since June 4, 2012.

Tim Duncan had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Green was 6 for 10 from three-point range, and Parker gutted through 36 minutes on that tender right hamstring. Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and eight rebounds, and the San Antonio shot 60 percent to overcome 19 turnovers.

Allen scored 21 points and Chris Bosh had 16 points and six rebounds for the Heat, who were stunned by a vintage Ginobili performance early and never really recovered.

The Spurs led 47-30 on Duncan’s two free throws before the Heat finally showed some fight.

A 12-0 run got them back within striking distance at 47-42, and the Heat surged out of the halftime gates to cut San Antonio’s lead to 61-59 in the first 1:17 of the third.

San Antonio pushed right back, getting a jumper from Parker, a three-pointer from Green that broke Allen’s record and a lefty layup from Ginobili to get a little breathing room.

Ginobili closed the third with a twisting, off-balance, left-handed runner and a right-handed drive to the bucket to bring cheers of “Manu! Manu!” from the delirious crowd.

Nowhere to be found in the first four games, and for most of these playoffs, Ginobili had his fingerprints all over the opening of Game 5. He hit a step-back jumper, had two pretty assists on a backdoor cut from Green and a thunderous dunk from Duncan and knocked down two free throws for an early 9-4 lead.

Ginobili’s three-pointer from the wing made it 15-10, bringing the nervous crowd to its feet. The awakening was a welcome sign for the Spurs, who desperately missed their playmaking daredevil.

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