Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 6/18/13
The Miami Heat came into Game 5 looking to win consecutive game for the first time since winning Games 3 and 4 against the Bulls in Eastern Conference Semifinals. That would not be the case on Sunday night as the Spurs countered with their own “small ball” lineup getting a 114-101 victory to gain a 3-2 series lead in the NBA Finals. Manu Ginobili had his best game of the playoffs after being inserted into the starting lineup. The stars of the Heat could not provide enough a spark and now need two wins to win back-to-back championships. Ginobili started his first game for the Spurs in Game 5 after struggling mightily in the playoffs. He had more lanes to operate, with the Heat having to focus on the other members of the starting unit. San Antonio coach Gregg Popopvich made a brilliant counter move to Heat wanting to play a smaller lineup and developed a strategy to get his team prepared to play in a faster paced game. San Antonio played like a well-oiled unit as every starter reached in
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