Strong second quarter has Spurs up seven at halftime of Game 5


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San Antonio, TX ( - The San Antonio Spurs outscored the Miami Heat by 14 points in the second quarter to take a 47-40 lead at halftime of Game 5 of the NBA Finals at AT&T Center.

With his team on the brink of elimination, LeBron James posted 17 points, six rebounds, and two blocks to help the Heat take a 29-22 lead after 12 minutes, but San Antonio surged ahead during the middle stages of the second stanza.

The margin sat at seven, 35-28, just under five minutes into the second following two free throws from Dwyane Wade before the Spurs turned the tide with an impressive 14-0 run.

Manu Ginobili supplied the final eight points of the outburst, culminating in a left-handed slam in traffic that gave the Spurs a 42-35 lead with 2:46 on the clock.

James quelled the Miami field-goal drought -- which lasted nearly seven minutes -- with a fallaway jumper at the other end, but Ginobili buried a right wing triple to push San Antonio's advantage to eight.

James then split two free throws and Wade added a jumper before Boris Diaw's layup sent the Spurs into the break with a 47-40 lead.

Kawhi Leonard continued his strong play with 15 points and six boards in the first half, while Ginobili tallied 14 points off the bench for the Spurs, who are one win away from claiming their fifth NBA title.

James supplied half of his team's 40 points and grabbed eight rebounds to keep the Heat in the game.

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