As of Sunday, June 16, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SAN ANTONIO - Tony Parker scored a team-high 26 points as the San Antonio Spurs beat the champion Miami Heat 114-104 on Sunday to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.
Manu Ginobili, who had been the target of criticism for his recent lack of production, added 24 points and 10 assists for his best game of the Finals to help put the Spurs on the cusp of their first NBA title since 2007.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 25 points for the top-seeded Heat, who have alternated wins and losses over their last 12 playoff games and head home needing two consecutive wins to retain their title.
Game Six is on Tuesday in Miami.
Ginobili set the tone early when he opened the scoring with a long-distance two pointer 19 seconds into a game the Spurs never trailed and led by as many as 20 points at one point in the final quarter.
The Spurs closed out the first quarter on a wild 15-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from Kawhi Leonard, that gave the hosts a 13-point lead and sent the home crowd into a frenzy.
Danny Green went 6-of-10 from behind the arc, including one midway through the second quarter that built San Antonio's lead to 42-26 and forced the Heat to call a timeout.
Miami looked poised to grab their first lead of the game when they raced out after the halftime break with a 8-0 run to pull within two points but, just as they did every time the visitors threatened to take control, the Spurs pulled away.