For Manu GINOBILI, it has always been in his nature to bring in 110% of effort and determination to every game he plays. Tonight, it was the same as always, as Spurs needed all that positive vibe from him to beat the Wolves.
He outclassed everyone on the court to post a game high 44 points, barely a week his 46 points exploit against the Cavaliers.
GINOBILI hit a jumper from the top of the key with 6.2 seconds left for his final points, leading the Spurs to their fourth straight win with a 100-99 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night.
“Manu is a top caliber player, he’s an All-Star caliber player,” Spurs coach Greg POPOVICH said. “He’s been on fire for a while now.”
GINOBILI dribbled behind his back and rose up over Randy FOYE on the winning shot.
“I always try to get to the rim, but FOYE took over my left pretty good and my counter move is always step back right,” GINOBILI said. “I got lucky there, took a good shot and it went in.”
He also had 3 rebounds, 4 assists & 1 steal to his credit and his tremendous contribution helped to carry the Spurs to their eight win in the last nine games.
“ I just felt like I wanted to take every shot because they were going in,” Manu said. “I made five in a row I think, and most of them weren’t just wide open. I wanted the ball in my hands because I was feeling confident.”
Manu performance may have overshadowed Fabricio OBERTO but every little thing that OBERTO does must never be ignored, especially in a game as tight as this. He posted 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist & 1 steal.
Houston Rockets 112 Miami Heat 100
The Rockets notched their 10th straight win after pounding the worst ever team in the entire league.
The mood behind the scene was a bit different after the sudden trade of Mike JAMES, Bonzi WELLS & Kirk SNYDER.
All of the Rockets starters were in double figures including Luis SCOLA who posted 11 points, a game high of 10 rebounds, 3 assists & 2 steals.