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Spurs lead Heat 61-52 at halftime of Finals Game 5

Jun 16, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

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SAN ANTONIO — We’ve got another good one here in San Antonio, where the Spurs came out with aggression and were able to contain a late run from the heat to take a 61-52 lead into halftime of Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The Spurs made a change to their starting lineup in this one, inserting Manu Ginobili in favor of the previously ineffective Tiago Splitter. The move paid immediate dividends, as Ginobili set the tone with his aggression and had seven points and three assists in the game’s first five and a half minutes.

Once he took a seat on the bench, Tony Parker got San Antonio out to a big lead by attacking the paint time and again, particularly against Norris Cole, and getting to the rim for easy scores or trips to the free throw line.

Miami largely was settling for jumpers early on, and that was due to the Spurs packing the paint and making the right rotations defensively. That helped the Spurs end the first quarter on a 15-2 run to take control of the game.

San Antonio extended its lead to as many as 17 points in the second, before the Heat began to climb back into it. A 12-0 run in a two-minute span showcased what the Heat do best, which is getting out in transition and swinging the ball to the open shooters in the halfcourt sets. LeBron James started getting into the post and scoring inside, and the run was highlighted by a monster dunk on the break from James, and a four-point play from Ray Allen.

The half ended with a drive from Parker right down the middle of the lane for a reverse lay-in right before the buzzer.

Th Spurs are getting balanced scoring from everyone, with four starters in double figures and Kawhi Leonard one point shy of joining the club. For the Heat, it’s LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh doing the bulk of the damage, with the team doing its best work in this game once Erik Spoelstra held both of his point guards out of the lineup at the same time.

Miami’s Big Three finished the half with 40 of the team’s 52 points, and you get the feeling that a special performance from LeBron or Wade — or possibly both — is going to be required for the Heat to end up pulling this one out.

  1. 13arod - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Miami will beat them

    • patfic15 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      No they won’t.

    • kilo0986 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      No. No they didn’t. You can jump off the bandwagon now.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        It takes time as thousands are jumping off as we speak.

  2. patfic15 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Can I get a stat line for how many points are scored against Miami after a Lebron miss/whine?

  3. losanginsight - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    LBJ can’t guard T Parker. Hopefully all the “he can guard 1-5″talk is put to an end.

  4. damyourestupid - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Loved the look on Allen’s face as g
    Green buried that record breaker three

  5. canehouse - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    3 calls tonight were an absolute abortion of calls. HEY SAN ANTONIO… Enjoy THE Fuk out of this one… cause ur gonna get beat down when u come back to the 305. It’s gonna be borderline riot atmosphere… can’t wait to be in the AAA on Tuesday!!!!

    • goraidersgospurs - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      OK!!!

    • bougin89 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      And what 3 calls are you referring to?

  6. canehouse - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    that was the best u cld do… and We still managed to hang around… ur toast.

    • bougin89 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      After Wade had a good game. Bosh played good for a little bit(better than he has been this series and last)…wow is your comment filled with fail. 3-2 Spurs

    • bougin89 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      Also, you did hang around, but it smelled of “the spurs kinda got lazy…” then you got squashed at the end…

  7. bougin89 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    The Spurs just won. Great for them. The Heat obviously won on the complaining/flopping department. Good job, good effort!

    • nycalldayz - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Heat fans don’t give credit, they make excuses. I’m sure they’re blaming the refs or Spoelstra for the Heat losing. Heat trolls are such front-runners. You can’t call them fans, because they’re mostly Lebron supporters turn Heat supporters.

      • cwilson6843 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        And when have you given any credit after a heat win? I’m guessing you’re a Knicks fan so you should not comment anymore because you’re team can’t even smell the finals

      • cullenand99 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:50 AM

        And non-Heat fans never give the Heat credit when they win. It’s always “the refs gave them this one” or some other bull like that.

    • cwilson6843 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      So u didn’t see ginobli and diaw flop? Or tony parker crying to the refs after he travelled like 4 times. Every team does this stuff so stop trying to make it seem like the heat are the only ones. Just like the commentator said “ginobli has mastered falling back to get a foul call”

      • bougin89 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        I didn’t watch every minute of the game but I seen James and Wade both stay on the offensive side of the floor complaining to the refs while the ball was still alive. I didn’t see that at all from the Spurs. It’s obviously nothing new for the Heat. Chalmers, Wade, Lebron, Battier and RayRay all complain, constantly, all game.

  8. 13arod - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    The spurs are messing with the wrong team they will pay

  9. aboogy123456 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    wait i thought lebron was now confident so there was nothing the spurs could do to stop the heat?

  10. mrfloydpink - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Wow, a plus-minus of -9 for LeBron James. Some superstar!

    • bougin89 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Thats much better than his game 3 +/-!

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