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Top 10 moments of Manu Ginobili's basketball career

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4. Ginobili scorches the Miami Heat for 19 points to secure final NBA title

I can't imagine anyone in the Spurs organization taking the 2013 NBA Finals loss harder than Manu Ginobili. He was the ultimate competitor, and that showed with every minute he threw his body around on the court to help his teammates.

Being in a position where you win the Larry O'Brien trophy nine times out of 10 and not getting it done -- it can't get more painful than that in sports. So when a rematch against the Miami Heat was set up one year later, the San Antonio Spurs were more determined than perhaps any sports team has ever been.

San Antonio annihilated the Heat in historic fashion, and Manu Ginobili put the exclamation point on a series that showcased the most beautiful basketball ever played.

Manu's 19 points were second to only Kawhi Leonard in the series clincher, and he added four assists and four boards on top of that. His efforts helped the Spurs and their fans everywhere be able to heal from 2013 and secured him a fourth NBA crown.

3. Ginobili makes a case for Finals MVP in 2005 NBA Finals

Manu Ginobili's hardware shelf is loaded, but there's a case to be made that he should've had the most important individual trophy of all in 2005. In his prime at 27 years old, Manu's relentless attack was the sliver of difference the Spurs needed in perhaps the most evenly matched NBA Finals in league history.

Although Tim Duncan ended up taking home the Finals MVP trophy with his 20.6 points and 14.1 rebounds per game, it was Ginobili's fourth quarter in Game 7 that made all the difference in the end. While he didn't quite stack up statistically to Tim, he still had a heck of a series now that he was back in the starting lineup.

Manu averaged 18.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.3 steals per game on 39% shooting in the seven-game series, which included a 26-point Game 1 and 23 points in Game 7. They say it's not how you start, it's how you finish. Ginobili did both, and he was the MVP of those Finals in the eyes of many.

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