With revenge on his mind, Manu Ginobili dismissed Ray Allen, rose up over Chris Bosh, and propelled the San Antonio Spurs to immortality with one thunderous dunk. Seven years later, he's back to talk about one of the franchise's most iconic plays.
The Spurs were on the brink of capturing their fifth NBA championship in 15 years, but the Miami Heat weren't going away quietly in a potential closeout Game 5 in the 2014 NBA Finals. Once Manu's unmatched determination led him all the way to the cup in the second quarter though, the writing was on the wall.
At age 36, Ginobili's dunking days were mostly behind him -- until they weren't.
Ginobili then followed up his powerful dunk with a 3-pointer, and the Spurs never looked back on their way to a dominant 104-87 win. For the Thanksgiving holiday, the NBA caught up with him about the ferocious throwdown.
Manu Ginobili talks about the huge moment
"This was a very special play for me," he started. "I was hurt because of what happened the year before. For the whole team, those NBA Finals of 2014 were very important."
After a heartbreaking defeat in 2013 in which the Larry O'Brien trophy was already being wheeled out for San Antonio, the Spurs got revenge in dramatic fashion thanks in part to Manu.
"There was something in us that was not going to let those Finals go past us and not have the trophy in our hands."
Manu also enjoyed how Tim Duncan chose to celebrate the moment with his pumped-up teammate.
"The celebration was pretty good, with TD rubbing my head to celebrate," he continued. "It was pretty funny."
The Spurs did more than just assure they wouldn't go home empty-handed. They crushed Miami by an average of 18 points per game in their four victories and effectively ended the Heat's reign on top of the league for good.
Manu averaged 14.4 points on 41.7% shooting from three in the series, including 19 points in the series-clinching game. He also gave fans a redemption moment after Bosh's offensive rebound in 2013 essentially cost the Spurs the championship.
The dunk won't soon be forgotten by the Spurs, and certainly will never be forgotten by their fans.