Final Score: Spurs 114 – Heat 104
I would have expected more effort from Miami’s big-3 but who are we kidding, the Miami Heat play horrible basketball on the road, just check their regular season away record.
On the other hand you have to give credit to Manu Ginobili and Danny Green; Ginobili definitely benefited from being in the starting line-up because he contributed instant offense in the first and second quarters which helped the Spurs control the tempo of game. The game was close at times, the Heat refused to go away quietly but again coach Spoelstra was out-coached by Gregg Popovich who made the right substitutions at the right time.
The Heat fought back late in the fourth quarter but it was Danny Green’s three-pointer in the closing minute of the game that sealed the fate for the San Antonio Spurs. Green set a NBA Finals record for most three-pointers in the history of the finals, 25+ through 5 games, placing his name at the top of the list.
The Heat couldn’t find an answer for the Spurs outside-shooting and interior-defense, which continued to make scoring difficult for LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Dwyane Wade started the game with a spark but after the first half he went ice cold from the field.
The Spurs will head to Miami for Game 6 where they will have two chances to close out the series to win the 2013 NBA Championship. I think the Heat will respond to the pressure and force a Game 7. Stay tuned for our Game 6 prediction.