Even though they were short-handed, the San Antonio Spurs made more clutch plays in Game 5 of their series against the Houston Rockets.
With Kawhi Leonard struggling early and sitting out most of the 4th quarter and overtime, several Spurs stepped up in big moments. LaMarcus Aldridge and Jonathan Simmons didn't make this list, but they deserve a lot of credit for their effort.
So here are the top 5 plays from Tuesday night (App users, click here):
5. The Jam
With Tony Parker out, Patty Mills starting, and Dejounte Murray not playing, the Spurs leaned on Manu Ginobili for offense in a way that they haven't in a long time. But Manu was game, especially when the Rockets were trying to seize control.
Early on, Manu showed flashes of what makes him a Hall of Famer by slashing inside and throwing one down. The crowd and the bench loved it.
DUNK ON 'EM MANU! pic.twitter.com/JtdKNVPQOY— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 10, 2017
4. Danny at the Buzzer
The Rockets had a two-point lead at the half and started off the 3rd quarter hot. But the Spurs responded, not letting Houston maintain control of the game. And by the end of the quarter, San Antonio had officially taken back the lead thanks to this three-pointer just before time expired.
YES DANNY! pic.twitter.com/dyWWnLdt7q— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 10, 2017
3. Danny Green for the Lead
Both teams struggled offensively to start overtime, going a combined 0-6 with the Spurs also missing two free throws. The Rockets hit the first shot of the extra period and, once again, the Spurs had to battle from behind.
Danny Green was the one that played hero though, scoring seven straight to finish the game, including this three-pointer to give the Spurs a lead they would never relinquish.
2. Danny Green's AND-1
Speaking of those seven points, the last bucket of the game came courtesy of this Danny Green drive in which he caught the Rockets off guard by driving, drawing the foul and giving the Spurs a two-point lead with 30 seconds left.
1. Manu's block
But, of course, the play of the game was from the Argentinian who has officially inherited the "Old Man Riverwalk" nickname from Tim Duncan by now.
Manu made a brilliant play on Harden. Knowing that Harden wouldn't be able to drive to the basket and would have to pull up for a three-pointer, Ginobili played tight on him and as soon as Harden wheeled around him, recovered and blocked him from behind to seal the win.
Check it out:
And the replay. You couldn't have played it better than Manu did:
That man Manu Ginobili.... pic.twitter.com/qRB1vrDl4u— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 10, 2017
The Spurs now take a 3-2 series lead into Houston for Game 6. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
GO SPURS GO!
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