Manu Ginobili is one of the most fiercest player to ever play the game of basketball, Spurs fans love him because of his fearless style of play and never-say-die attitude.
When the game is on the line, the Spurs usually give the ball to Ginobili expecting him to make a play.
Today Spurs World revisits Manu’s career 48-point performance.
On January 21, 2005, Steve Nash returned to the Phoenix Suns’ lineup scored 16 points and dished out 13 assists in 46 minutes after missing the last 3 games because on an injury.
He had plenty of help, Shawn Marion scored 37 points and grabbed 15 rebounds while Amare Stoudemire had 35 points for the Suns in an intense matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.
None of it mattered.
Down 88-71 after three-quarters, San Antonio came back behind Ginobili and took a 109-108 lead on Brent Barry’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 16.9 seconds left in regulation. After Nash missed a jumper, Duncan was fouled and made two free throws to put the Spurs up 111-108 with 7.3 seconds to go.
But Marion leaned into a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie it at 111 and send the game into overtime.
Ginobili’s free throw on a defensive three-second call started a 7-0 San Antonio surge in overtime. Manu’s driving dunk, Duncan’s slam and another Duncan basket made it 123-115 with 1:55 left.
Ginobili, whose previous career best was 33 points, made 16-of-22 shots, 5-of-7 three-pointers, and 11-of-12 free throws. His 3-pointer with 56.7 seconds left in overtime sealed the victory.
He scored 48 points and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to hand the Suns their sixth consecutive loss with 128-123 in overtime victory.
“He was remarkable,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s such a competitor.”
Tim Duncan had 30 points and 19 rebounds for the Spurs, who became the first team to beat Phoenix twice that season.
“What can I say? This was a game that I probably would never expect to have,” Ginobili said. “I’m not the first option on this team. I came in really strong, making shots, so my confidence was built up already. Then I started making tough shots. I was feeling it and they were all falling.”
During his NBA career, Ginobili had made a lot of clutch plays for the Spurs and had many other remarkable performances, but this one epitomized his ability to take over a game as he willed San Antonio to an improbable victory.