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After averaging just 7.5 points in the series, struggling Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili scored 7 in the first quarter as Spurs played with more offensive execution in Game 5.
Ginobili began the game with a 3-pointer, giving the frenzied crowd at AT&T Center some encouragement after their Spurs were walloped in Game 4. Ginobili then hit two free throws and a long two before being replaced by Gary Neal midway through the first quarter.
San Antonio’s Big Three have been inconsistent with Tony Parker battling a right hamstring strain and Tim Duncan shooting just 41.5 percent, but Ginobili has been almost nonexistent and pressure has been mounting on him to perform after Miami’s Big Three scored 85 of its 109 points in Game 4.