Heat-Spurs Game 5 Photos

Photos from the Heat's crushing Game 5 loss in San Antonio

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Following a dominant Game 4 performance that tied the NBA Finals at 2-2, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat faced off against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday night.
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The Spurs won 114-104 to take a 3-2 series lead. Manu Ginobili made his first start of the season, and put in one of the best performances of the Finals.
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Ginobili scored 24 points with 10 assists.
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Danny Green continued his unbelievable hot streak, scoring 24 points while shooting 6 of 10 from three-point range. In the first half he broke Ray Allen's Finals record with his 25th three-pointer of the series.
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LeBron James scored 25 points with 8 assists, but shot only 8 of 22 from the field.
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Dwyane Wade also scored 25 points (with 10 assists and 2 blocks). But he and James both missed critical shots at the rim in transition that ended up costing the Heat badly.
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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra drew raves for the small lineup he used to success in Game 4, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich won the coaching battle Sunday thanks to his bold decision to start Ginobili, who averaged 7.5 points a game in the first 4 games of the Finals.
The Heat led most of the game, but managed to pull within one point late in the third quarter. But instead of setting up a dramatic fourth quarter, the Heat allowed San Antonio to go on a 19-1 run and take control of the game for good.
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Ray Allen, as if in response to Green breaking his record, was on fire off the bench. He scored 21 points, shooting 7 of 10 and hitting all 4 of his three-point attempts. Allen and Bosh were the only Heat regulars who did not miss more than half their shots.
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Tony Parker scored 26 points on 10 of 14 shooting.
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Tim Duncan scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, while Chris Bosh scored 16 with 6 boards.
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The series moves back to Miami for Game 6 (and 7 if necessary). The Heat must win two straight on their home court, or else the Spurs will dethrone them.
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