Manu Ginobili Seals Game 5 Win Over Rockets with Epic Block on James Harden (Video)
Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night featured 14 lead changes before eventually being decided in overtime. It was easily the best contest of the 2017 NBA postseason. And in the end it was the Spurs who came out on top thanks to a vintage performance by the ageless (possibly immortal) Manu Ginobili.
The 39-year-old Argentine didn’t lead the Spurs in points. He had 12 off the bench. Kawhi Leonard had 22, Patty Mills had 20, Lamarcus Aldridge had 18, and Danny Green had 16. However, Manu did come up with the biggest play of the game when his team needed him most.
With the Spurs up 110-107 and just five seconds left in overtime, Manu was tasked with defending James Harden, a guy some people think was the NBA’s most valuable player during the regular season. When the Rockets got the ball to Harden about eight feet beyond the arc, he used a pick to swing around to the three-point line, and it looked like he had a wide-open chance to tie the game. But he didn’t.
This happened instead:
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Until that point, James Harden had attempted 862 three-pointers this season, and only 13 of those attempts have been blocked. Ginobili, meanwhile, hadn’t blocked a three-point attempt in over a year, and he hadn’t blocked a three-point attempt in the postseason for five years. But when the Spurs needed him the most, he came through with a block on one of the most prolific scorers in the league.
“Manu reached back and gave us one of his Manu performances from past years,” legendary Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters after the game. “He was a stud…We went to him to generate some offense, and make some things happen. He did a good job, whether it was distributing or scoring. He was big for us.”
Couldn’t have put it better myself.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]