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              === Hot-shooting Spurs lead by nine at the break ===
 
 San  Antonio,  TX (Sports Network) -  The San Antonio Spurs have been shooting
 the  lights out in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but turnovers have again hurt the
 Western Conference champs as the Miami Heat pulled within 61-52 at halftime.
 
 The  clubs  had an extra day  of rest following Miami's empathic 16-point rout
 last  Thursday,  and the Spurs have  responded by shooting a robust 62 percent
 from the field.
 
 Carelessness  with the ball,  however, has the Spurs only ahead by nine at the
 break after leading by as many as 17. The Spurs tied a Finals record with four
 turnovers in the series opener, but they committed a debilitating 49 giveaways
 from  Games  2-4. They have eight  turnovers already Sunday, six coming in the
 second quarter when the Heat cut into their big deficit.
 
 Manu  Ginobili  was in  San Antonio's  starting lineup for  the first time all
 season,  and  the veteran  has responded  with 11 points  and six assists. Tim
 Duncan  has  totaled 13 points and  six rebounds, while Tony Parker has played
 admirably through a hamstring injury and has netted 11 points thus far.
 
 Danny  Green also has  13 points and with his third 3-pointer tied Ray Allen's
 Finals record with 22 for the series.
 
 LeBron  James, Dwyane  Wade and Chris Bosh have all scored in double-digits in
 the  first half. James  has 16 points with no rebounds, Wade donated 14 points
 with  six assists and  Bosh chipped in 10 points for the Heat, who are hitting
 at a 42-percent clip from the floor.
 
 The  last three games have all ended in routs despite being close at halftime,
 so it's anyone's guess how this critical meeting will turn out.
 
 Ginobili  came in  averaging 7.5 points in four Finals games and nearly topped
 that  in the  first five minutes with a  deep jumper, two free throws and a 3-
 pointer that gave the Spurs a 15-10 lead.
 
 James  tied things  at 17-17 with a  3-pointer, but the Heat missed their next
 seven  shots during San Antonio's momentum-swinging 12-0 run, which was capped
 by a dunk from Kawhi Leonard off a nice bounce pass by Boris Diaw.
 
 Leonard's  triple in the closing seconds finished off the Spurs' efficient 12-
 of-19 shooting effort in the opening period and gave them a 32-19 cushion.
 
 Green  connected three times  from behind the arc in a two-minute span to push
 San  Antonio's  lead to 45-28, but  the Heat climbed  back in it with a quick-
 hitting 14-2 flurry.
 
 Allen's  four-point play  highlighted the  push, but  the Spurs  held off  the
 defending champs and went into the break up 61-52 thanks to Parker's coast-to-
 coast take to the rim.
 
 
 
 
 06/16 21:34:03 ET