San Antonio Spurs History

Remembering Manu Ginobili's most epic game in every NBA season

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2011 - Ginobili's heart keeps the Spurs alive against Memphis

The 2011 postseason was one to forget for the Silver and Black. Not only were they become one of a few one seeds to be eliminated by an eighth seed, but they also had numerous untimely injuries to deal with. In fact, Ginobili later revealed he had actually broken his arm in the final game of the Spurs' regular season. One week later, he was suiting up with a huge brace to help the Spurs fight back against Memphis.

Between Ginobili's severely debilitating injury, Tim Duncan's bum ankle, Tony Parker and Richard Jefferson underperforming, and the Grizzlies playing well above their record, the Spurs didn't have much of a chance in this one.

Still, down 3-1 in the series and facing elimination at home, Manu put on one of the most heroic performances of his career. Scoring 33 points on 10-of-18 from the floor, he allowed the Spurs to fight another day by leading them to a 110-103 victory despite having half of a limb to work with. It was an unfortunate series of events for the Spurs, but one in which Manu showed how big his heart is.

2012 - Manu fills the stat sheet in a pivotal Game 5

The 2011-12 season wasn't very kind to Manu Ginobili. A broken hand kept him sidelined for 22 straight games and an oblique strain shelved him for another handful. All in all, he was only able to show up in 34 regular season games before the Spurs made a run to the Western Conference Finals.

Unfortunately, the Oklahoma City Thunder weren't going to be denied that season, at least until the NBA Finals. Behind the trio of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and James Harden, they tied the series with San Antonio at two games apiece, setting up a huge Game 5 at the AT&T Center.

In the end, a combined 70 points from the big three in OKC was enough to give the Thunder a series lead they'd never give up, but it didn't happen without a huge fight from Manu Ginobili. Nailing five 3-pointers in 10 attempts, he scored 34 points in addition to his seven assists and six rebounds to give the Spurs a fighting chance before they fell 108-103.

2013 - Manu 's double-double puts Spurs a game away from a title

As painful as the result ended up, there's no denying the 2013 NBA Finals was one of the greatest playoff series the league has ever seen. Both sides had multiple future Hall of Famers duking it out surrounded by terrific supporting casts.

When the Heat visited the Spurs on June 16, 2013, San Antonio was looking to take a 3-2 lead in the series to get within one game of another NBA title. Thanks to stellar nights from Danny Green, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, they were able to do just that.

In fact, the starting unit that also included Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan scored 107 of the team's 114 total points in the game, with Manu chipping in 24 of his own. To top it all off, he also tied Dwyane Wade for a game-high in assists with 10.

2014 - Ginobili's efficient Game 5 helps complete the revenge tour

Almost exactly one year after lifting the Spurs to a Game 5 victory, Manu Ginobili did so once again. This time, however, there would be no Game 6. On a rampage after being seconds away from a title in 2013, San Antonio probably would've given the 1992 Dream Team a run for its money with how they played in the 2014 NBA Finals.

Handing the Heat a 17-point beating to clinch a fifth championship, the Spurs had five guys finish in double figures, led by Kawhi Leonard's 22. Meanwhile, a nearly 37-year-old Manu Ginobili shot 6-for-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from downtown to finish with 19 points, four assists, and four rebounds.

The Spurs' margin of victory in those NBA Finals still stands as the second-largest for a finals series in league history.

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