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San Antonio Spurs: Manu Ginobili’s late 3-pointer leads to win vs. Celtics

By Rob Wolkenbrod
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves defends against Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs as head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the game on November 15, 2017 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves defends against Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs as head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the game on November 15, 2017 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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The San Antonio Spurs played a close game against the Boston Celtics, with a Manu Ginobili 3-pointer to seal the deal in the final minutes.

The San Antonio Spurs had a challenge, on Friday night, with a game against the Boston Celtics. Even at home, it would be difficult, without Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Anderson, to defeat the Kyrie Irving-led Celtics, also the best team, record-wise, in the Eastern Conference.

The score went back-and-forth in the final minutes, including the Spurs taking the lead on multiple occasions (they didn’t capture a lead until halftime). Of course, in dramatic fashion for the Silver and Black, it came down to the final seconds.

Manu Ginobili was left on the court for what looked like San Antonio’s final possession. At 102-102, he pulled up from behind the arc and nailed a 3-pointer. Just five seconds remained. Boston couldn’t convert on its final attempt, leading to a win for the home team, 105-102. This gave the Celtics their fifth loss of the season, while improving the Spurs to 18-8.

#NBA Manu Ginobili with the game winner! pic.twitter.com/2QoTSv0SaZ

— Eurohoops.net (@Eurohoopsnet) December 9, 2017

That’s Manu being Manu, even at age 40. What a moment for one of the most decorated players in Spurs history.

This 3-pointer pushed Ginobili to 11 points on 3-for-8 shooting. It was his second make from behind the arc.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Spurs, with 27 points and 10 rebounds on 11-for-20 shooting. Rudy Gay followed up, tallying 15 points of his own.

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It was a special night for the Spurs, who still aren’t at full-strength. When they get Leonard and Anderson back, this could push the team to new heights.

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