17 points for Kawhi now. Mills with the steal, fed Manu, who fed Kawhi. SA by 30.
Parker gets on the scoreboard after the direct pass from Manu. SA by 22, largest lead of the night.
Manu is dropping some dimes tonight. Another gorgeous feed underneath, spoon feeds Parker. Five assists for him.
Manu with 2 assists, as he feeds the Baynes. SA goes up 11. Baynes should have an advantage vs. lighter PHX frontcourt.
Mentioned that Manu is the same way. He immediately pipes up, "Man, they hate that guy around here." Moral of the story: PS losses sting.
Manu finds Tiago through the middle of traffic for the layup and the Spurs have 14 points. PHX defense showing that 26th ranking post ASB.
Manu...that was sexy. Bullet no-look pass underneath to the uncovered Splitter.
Danny Green's reverse layups aren't quite as majestic as Manu's.
Had to sit through all that mind-numbing dress nonsense over the past 24 hours and no Ginobili reverse layup GIF.
So nobody Vined Ginobili's reverse? C'mon, Twitter...
Parker scored 17 of his 19 in the second half, while Manu Ginobili scored 11 of his 16 in those last two quarters too.
FINAL: Spurs 107, Kings 96. 21 points for McLemore, 20 for McCallum. SA: Parker 19 points, Leonard 17 points, Manu 16 points.
Ginobili is single-handedly beating the Kings in the fourth.
That last rebound by Manu...he might have nights where he's out of control and/or shooting poorly, but you can never question the effort.
Manu Ginobili's 3 extends Spurs lead to 10, 4:30 to play. Kings trying to trade buckets with them. Tony Parker coming to life too
Ginobili drills the 3, Spurs up 10. Might finally be it, but with this team lately you just never know.
And now Manu's heating up. He's got 14 points, who are these guys?
The Spurs' bench is now outscoring the Kings' bench 40-17. Manu with 11 points, Diaw with 7, Beli/Baynes 8 each.
And now Manu embellishes contact to induce an offensive foul -- AKA, flopping. Pulling out all the stops tonight!
Oh, vintage Ginobili. Crazy reverse layup in traffic.
Manu Ginobili is a wizard.
Ginobili looks like he wants to catch a bat and bite it’s head off. Not a happy camper right now.
Cory gets into the paint, feeds Manu, who feeds a wide-open Beli in the corner...but Beli missed the shot.
If they're having a tough time now, after one of the most artistic titles ever, imagine once Duncan, Ginobili, Popovich, etc. are gone.
And these 3pt pcts: Green, 28.9; Ginobili, 21.7; Mills, 28.6.
I've seen bad stretches from Duncan, Parker, Ginobili over the years. They beat themselves up. You feel bad for them.
Well, Spurs' starters still haven't figured it out: 12 points in first 6 minutes, Duncan with 10 of those. Manu the other 2.
Make it 10 points for Duncan as he hits the jumper. He's a perfect 5/5 early on. Manu/Diaw enter the game.
There's a reason the E-N guys have nominated Manu for the Magic Johnson Award every season and will continue to in perpetuity.
An aside: Had a nice, long one-on-one with Ginobili after last night's debacle in SLC. Remains one of the NBA's stand-up guys.
Ginobili: "Today can't happen. It was just a bad game. Every aspect."
Ginobili drew distinction b/t tonight's loss and two that preceded it. LAC coming off break, and was close. GSW = hot team, playing w/chip.
More Manu (who, again, remains optimistic worm will turn): "We're not at a point where we are basically doing anything well."
Ginobili mostly optimistic Spurs can get it together but confessed: "Playing like we did today, we are not a playoff team."
Crafty, Manu. So, so crafty.
Over past 3 seasons when Manu Ginobili played 25 or more minutes Spurs were 53-22. This year when 25 or more minutes Spurs are 13-13
Watching Spurs - Warriors from last night on the DVR. Diaw & Manu's aggression in the 1Q were very noticeable.