Spurs News

June 10, 2005

20-Second Timeout: The Ginobili Show

They had to shake off some early rust, endure almost endless pregame festivities that inlcuded rappers, dancers, singers, actors, oversized replicas of the Larry O'Brien trophy, soundchecks, and circular stages, but after the Spurs fell behind 17-4 to start the game, they turned it on, went on a 13-3 run, and then took over in the second half.

Manu Ginobili scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half to lead the Spurs to an 84-69 win in game one of the NBA Finals. The Ginobili Show was on display in the fourth quarter, as the lefty from Bahia Blanca hit all six of his shots, scoring 15 points and electrifying the loudest crowd of the season.

The Spurs win in game one featured lots of Spurs defense, as the Pistons shot just 38% from the field, with Rip Hamilton hitting just 7 of 21 shots, thanks to constant harrassing by Bruce Bowen. As Larry Brown considers adjustments for game 2, he will likely want to get more than just three field goals and six shots from forward Rasheed Wallace.

Catch all the updates for game two Sunday night on spurs.com and listen live at Spursradio 1200 WOAI.