San Antonio (AP) -- Manu Ginobili ran onto the floor as fans stood and screamed.
He went to the bench, and they chanted his name.
The sights and sounds of so many San Antonio spring nights were back Sunday - and the real party might be just a few days away.
Ginobili broke out of a slump in a big way with 24 points and 10
assists in his first start of the season, and the Spurs beat the Miami Heat 114-104 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals.
Tony Parker scored 26 points, Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Ginobili had his highest-scoring
game of the season as the Spurs became the first team to shoot 60
percent in a finals game in four years.
''He's such a huge part of what we do and how far we've come. You can
see it tonight in how we played and the results of the game,'' Duncan
said. ''We're always confident in him. ... we know he has it in him. We
hope he can bring it forward for one more win.''
Danny Green smashed the NBA Finals record for 3-pointers, hitting six more and scoring 24 points.
Kawhi Leonard finished with 16, but the stage was set when Ginobili trotted out with
Duncan, Parker and the rest of starters in what could have been the last
finals home game for a trio that's meant so much to San Antonio.
One more victory and the Spurs' Big Three, not Miami's, will be the one that rules the NBA.
And a big reason was Ginobili, as he's been for so long - just not
during what had been a miserable series for the former Sixth Man of the
''I was angry, disappointed,'' Ginobili said. ''We are playing in the
NBA Finals, we were 2-2, and I felt I still wasn't really helping the
team that much,'' Ginobili said. ''And that was the frustrating part.''
On Sunday, it was all forgotten.