Manu Ginobili's second-half shotmaking was critical in Game 5. (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images)
Since Tony Parker's final-seconds heroics in Game 1, every game of the 2013 NBA Finals has been decided by a monster second-half run. In Game 2, it was the 33-5 (or 35-9, if you prefer) bolt that gave the Miami Heat a series-evening blowout. In Game 3, it was four separate post-intermission spurts — 7-0, 11-0, 13-0 and 11-0 — fueled by historic 3-point shooting that put the San Antonio Spurs back on top.
In Game 4, it was a Dwyane Wade-and-Chris Bosh-led 14-4 fourth-quarter rip that turned a tight game into a breezy 16-point win. And in Game 5, it was a monstrous 21-2 storm that saw the Spurs hit eight of 12 tries while the Heat missed eight straight shots to turn what had been a 75-74 Spurs lead with 3:05 left in the third quarter into a 96-76 San Antonio advantage with 8:51 remaining in the fourth.
"Once we got it back to one, we felt that we had weathered the storm," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. "Then we missed a couple of shots that we normally are accustomed to making, and then it just snowballed down the hill from there. And we couldn't control it."
So what happened during that six-minute, 28-second stretch? Here, in no particular order, are five pretty big reasons why the game tilted entirely in San Antonio's direction and sent the Heat back to Miami in need of elusive back-to-back wins — which is pretty funny, when you think about it — to save their season and win the title:Read More »from 3 keys to the 21-2 run that gave the Spurs a huge Game 5 win over the Heat