Manu Ginobili, Spurs turn back time in emotional Game 5 win

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Manu Ginobili's 24 points in Game 5, including eight in the first quarter, were a season-best.

Manu Ginobili's 24 points in Game 5, including eight in the first quarter, were a season-best.

Next week, this city may hold a parade to celebrate the latest, and most probably the last, of its current run of championships. But no celebration can match what was lauded here Sunday. One of the Spurs' own had been suffering, and by helping him, they each helped themselves. The reunion of the Big Three was not a stroll into the past; it felt like something entirely new. When Manu Ginobili heard the love in the cheering of his name, it was as if he had never heard anything like it before, and never will again.