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Manu Ginobili hits game winner to stun Warriors (VIDEO)

May 7, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

This is what the Spurs do. They get wide open shots to win games while defenses look confused as to how it all happened.

This time is was Manu Giboli who ended up doing the deed, opening up on the back side of the defense as the Warriors scrambled around trying to find someone to guard. Warriors’ rookie guard Kent Bazemore actually did as good a job as possible in helping in the paint and then recovering back to Ginobili, but he was just a hair late.

And that split second was all Ginobili needed to knock down the shot and knock out the Warriors in the process.

This series is only one game old, but if we could get six more just like it I don’t think anyone would complain.

  1. lakerade - May 7, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Some call Curry’s shooting prowess cold-blooded, but the Spurs’ collective calm amidst execution during the stretch run was downright antarctic. Maybe NOW the Warriors have learned the lesson of the importance of late game management, since getting away without any in game 6 of the last series was just attributed to their youthful pluckiness. Spurs don’t pluck around.

  2. kavika6 - May 7, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    So did Leonard get an assist for that?

  3. bucrightoff - May 7, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Great comeback, but seriously how do you leave one of the most clutch players in postseason history WIDE open?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      They got caught overloading to the strong side. That left their most inexperienced player (Bazemore) to be responsible for both Diaw and Ginobili if they swung the ball, which they did. That’s more Popovich strategy than a foul up by the Warriors. He knew Bazemore was going to be in the game, so isolate on him defensively and put him in position where he would be responsible for guarding the player Popovich obviously wanted to go to there. The Spurs cleared out and it forced a poor rotation. Mark Jackson got outcoached late in regulation and the 2nd OT. Plain and simple.

  4. rltruper - May 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Amazing game – best of the post season thus far. This may end up being an epic series.
    On the other hand this may demoralize the young Warriors team and cause them to fold.
    Here’s hoping for the former.

  5. borderline1988 - May 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    2 guys went to guard a guy running away from the basket (towards halfcourt) with 3.2 seconds left. Makes no sense. Just poor defensive execution on the Warriors part. Just one mistake and the game is gone…that sucks.

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