Manu Ginobili passed his way through a Lakers double team and into Wednesday's photo gallery.
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X-Factor: Ginobili a Gem Off the Bench

Ginobili
Manu Ginobili may come off the bench, but his performance in San Antonio's 95-85 win over the Lakers in Game 2 was definitely starter worthy. The shooting guard did it all, scoring 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, handing out a team-high six assists, grabbing five boards and making two steals to help the Spurs take a 2-0 series lead. He got loose for five of his points in the pivotal fourth quarter when San Antonio held off a late Los Angeles rally.

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VIRTUAL GM TOP EFFICIENCY
Tony Parker, S.A.
VGM value: 13.4
Wednesday: The point guard was a stud, posting a plus-29 efficiency rating in the Spurs' 95-85 home victory.

TIME TO TUNE IN
Thursday on TNT
Heat at Pacers, 9 p.m. ET

SPEAK IT, MAN
"We have to trap him and make him throw it to other guys. He's pretty fast, and so far he's been able to do whatever he wants to do."
-- The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal about San Antonio's Tony Parker.

WHAT IS EFFICIENCY RATING?
Here is the formula:
((Pts + Reb + Ast + Stl + Blk) minus
((FGA - FGM) + (FTA - FTM) + TO))