Jun 16, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT
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.
Jul 9, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT
What’s next for LeBron, Cavaliers and Heat?
Jul 9, 2014, 7:08 PM EDT
Houston would have 72 hours to match max or near-max offer
Jul 9, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT
Popovich used to joke he was leaving when Duncan does, but he’s having fun now.
Jul 9, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT
LeBron James’ max: $118,539,139 over five years
Carmelo Anthony’s max: $129,135,810 over five years
Jul 9, 2014, 6:07 PM EDT
It’s a real long shot, but if the Cavs actually land LeBron they should swing for the fences.
Jul 9, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT
The NBA business is good.
Jul 9, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT
He was never really in the mix to join LeBron anywhere, the two hadn’t been talking.
Charlie Villanueva launches ‘Crossroads’ webisode series documenting his free agency experience (VIDEO)
Jul 9, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT
Eight-part video blog series takes you behind the scenes.
Jul 9, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT
Maybe this isn the first domino of free agency, the question is what way it falls.
Jul 9, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT
A move from Miami to Cleveland, for example, wouldn’t be so bad.
Jul 9, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT
The Pelicans need help at the three, Howard trying to prove he can still help at age 34.
Jazz expected to match Hornets’ max contract offer to Gordon Hayward, which is absolutely the right decision
Jul 9, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT
Small market teams like Utah and Charlotte don’t have much of a choice.
Jul 9, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT
A Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Chandler Parsons starting lineup would be interesting.
Jul 9, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT
It’s all part of the LeBron chase.
Jul 9, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT
KD does love him some Derek Fisher.
Jul 9, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT
Cleveland now has the cap space to offer LeBron the max contract he’ll require.
Jul 9, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT
Noel impresses for the second straight game.
Jul 9, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT
Bulls, Knicks and Lakers seem like likely landing spots for Gasol. But everyone is waiting on Carmelo Anthony before looking elsewhere for help in free agency.
Report: Carmelo Anthony wants LeBron to come to Knicks; Phil Jackson trying to clear cap space to get it done
Jul 9, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT
Jul 9, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT
Crawford doesn’t fit in crowded Golden State backcourt.
- Report: LeBron James leaves meeting with Pat Riley without committing to Heat 5
- Report: Mavericks shake up Rockets’ free-agent plans, agree to offer sheet with Chandler Parsons 15
- Gregg Popovich agrees to extension with Spurs, likely stays past Tim Duncan era 6
- Report: Cavaliers want to swing Kevin Love trade if LeBron James comes to town 42
- NBA salary cap jumps nearly $5 million next year to $63 million, luxury tax line $76.8 million 7
- Report: Carmelo Anthony to choose New York, announcement Thursday. Agent denies. 63
- Reports: It’s LeBron, agent, Pat Riley alone in a room Wednesday afternoon In Vegas 49
- Report: Cavaliers agree to trade with Nets, Celtics, clearing cap space for LeBron James 115