The San Antonio Spurs received more “Manu Magic,” as Manu Ginobili hit another game-winning shot for the Silver and Black to cap off their remarkable comeback.
For most of Saturday night’s game vs. the Dallas Mavericks, the San Antonio Spurs were behind. Even with three minutes to go, the team faced an 11-point deficit, with the chance at losing its third consecutive game. One 13-0 run to close the game later, and it was a victorious night at the AT&T Center.
However, this 98-96 win wouldn’t be without some “Manu Magic.” Manu Ginobili already hit a game-winning shot to beat the Boston Celtics in December. This time, he went straight to the hoop to capture the victory.
LaMarcus Aldridge set a pick for Ginobili, who used his 40-year-old legs to bolt by Wesley Matthews and sink an uncontested layup to clinch the game. Just seconds remained on the clock, which the Mavericks couldn’t capitalize on, leading to the Silver and Black’s victory.
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Even as one of the NBA’s oldest players, Ginobili continues to turn back the clock for the Spurs. It’s not as a star player or even a sixth man, but as a role player that sees between 15-20 minutes per game and spreads the floor.
This shot also sealed the game for a short-handed team that missed Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green. All were out to rest their previous ailments, whether it was a quad (Parker and Leonard) or groin (Green). So, the Spurs won it without them, and get another day off to rest for Monday’s game.