Manu Magic: Ginobili turns back clock, adds to playoff lore with epic block of James Harden

Ginobili has game-winning block against James Harden

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – Manu Ginobili turned back the clock on Tuesday night to deliver another “Manu Magical” moment for the Spurs during their thrilling overtime Game 5 win over Houston.

The 39-year-old Ginobili had the game-winning block on Rockets all-star guard James Harden in overtime as the Spurs beat Houston 110-107 to take a 3-2 series lead.

The block alone was something special from Ginobili, but he played a complete game from start to finish and lifted the Spurs with several key plays. 

Ginobili played 32 minutes and scored 12 points, added seven rebounds and a team-high five assists.

His dunk in the second quarter got the AT&T Center crowd in a frenzy, and his driving layup with less than a minute remaining tied the game at 101-101. 


He also played big minutes down the stretch as Kawhi Leonard sat out with an ankle injury.

Spurs fans have seen the “Manu Magic” before, from game-winning shots in the playoffs to game-saving defensive plays like the one Tuesday night.

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Earlier this postseason, Spurs guard Patty Mills said, Manu Ginobili “brought the grandpa juice” after a win over Memphis in the first round.

Games like Thursday night prove Ginobili still has some juice left. 


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