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Ranking Manu Ginobili's 10 most iconic plays of all time

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1. Manu releases a year of frustration in one thunderous dunk

No play represents Manu Ginobili better than what he did in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals.

If you ever had the privilege of watching him play for even a minute, you'd know just how much he cares about winning over everything. He'd give his blood, sweat, tears, and even a bit of his manhood for a loose ball if it meant his team would have a better chance of winning.

That's why I can't imagine just how tough the 2013 NBA Finals were to swallow for him -- one in which the Spurs were mere seconds away from a fifth title before a single shot changed everything. To add to that, Manu Ginobili didn't particularly play up to his high standards in that series.

As painful as that was, the lasting memory of that devastating defeat ended up propelling the Spurs right back to the NBA's main stage one year later against the same Miami Heat squad. What followed was an epic, record-setting beating that had no chance of ever going Miami's way.

In the championship-clinching Game 5, a 36-year-old Manu Ginobili pushed all of his pent-up frustration from the year prior and channeled it into one thunderous dunk over Chris Bosh that will never be forgotten.

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"I had a lot of disappointment. I was hurt because of what happened the year before," said Manu. "For me and the whole team, that NBA Finals was very important. That play kind of shows there was something in us that was not going to let those Finals go past us [without] having the trophy in our hands."

Manu Ginobili Week continues here, with a piece about why he's the most beloved Spur San Antonio has ever had.

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