SAN ANTONIO: Red-hot Danny Green scored 11 of his 24 points in the second quarter to lead San Antonio to a 114-104 win over Miami Sunday and to the brink of a fifth NBA championship in Spurs history.
The Spurs seized a 3-2 lead and can wrap up the best-of-seven series against the reigning champion Heat with a victory on Tuesday in Miami.
The Spurs came out swinging in game five, jumping out to an 8-4 lead and never trailing in front of a crowd of 18,581 at the AT&T Center. Their lead ballooned to as many as 20 in the fourth quarter.
Of the previous 27 times the finals have been tied 2-2, the winner of game five has gone on to win the series 20 times.
Green went six-of-10 from beyond the arc to set an NBA finals series record with 25 three pointers so far. He recorded his record setting 23rd three pointer — to break Ray Allen’s previous mark — with a 25-foot bomb with 9:40 left in the third to make it 66-59.
Green also helped seal the win with a late three pointer from the right side to make it 114-101 with 1:06 left in regulation.
Manu Ginobili finished with 24 points and 10 assists and Tony Parker had a game-high 26 points for the Spurs whose five starters all scored in double figures.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James had 25 points apiece for the Heat who once again failed to win back-to-back games after taking game four in San Antonio.
This was a breakout game for the 35-year-old Ginobili, who had averaged just 7.5 points per game during the first four games of the series.