There were numerous occasions Sunday night at AT&T Center when the Miami Heat attempted to right themselves, muster enough offensive cohesion and defensive prowess to make a run at the San Antonio Spurs.
Each time the Heat lunged at the Spurs with a semblance of consistent basketball, San Antonio slapped their hands back with even better and more precise execution, the type of proficiency that wins NBA championships.
Because of their ability to attack the paint and hit critical 3-pointers, and with a vintage Manu Ginobili back in the fold, San Antonio took control of the best-of-seven series with a 114-104 victory.
The Spurs lead the series, three games to two, with Game 6 scheduled for Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.