In a pivotal Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the Heat failed to win back to back games yet again, losing to the Spurs 114-104, failing behind 3-2, as the series nears a close.
For the Heat, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James each scored 25 points, and Ray Allen contributed 21 points off the bench. James struggled heavily in the second half, finishing 2 for his last 10.
For the Spurs, Tony Parker finished with 26 points. Manu Ginobili finally showed up for the series, as he and Danny Green each scored 24 points apiece. Green hit another 6 three pointers, breaking Ray Allen’s mark for most in a Finals series.
This was a game of runs throughout and the Spurs landed the first major blow in the 1st quarter, when they jumped out to a 32-19 lead. The lead got up to as much as 17, before the Heat went on a run of their own to get the deficit to 6 at the half. The Heat came out aggressive and got the lead down to 1, 75-74, with 3 minutes left. But the Spurs went on a 19-1 run to break the game wide open.
Much like Game 3, the Heat lacked intensity from the beginning and it put them in a hole that they couldn’t get out of it. This team is great at playing a gem of a game and then coming out and laying a dud. Why they haven’t been able to string 2 wins together in almost a month, is beyond comprehension at this point. Maybe the thought of the season ending with one more loss can awaken them.
Once again, the Heat have their backs against the wall, which is when they seem to be the most comfortable. Game 6 is Tuesday, June 18 at 9 pm. Will it be the last game of the season? Or can the Heat force a Game 7?