Manu erupts for historically strong playoff game

Manu Ginobili single-handedly did all he could Monday to try pushing the Spurs to a victory in Game 5 against Oklahoma City.

It wasn’t enough.

Ginobili erupted for 34 points to mark his second-highest career scoring game in the Spurs’ 108-103 loss to the Thunder. It was topped only by his 39-point effort against Seattle on May 17, 2005.

“I just wanted to get on the court, do what I can do to help the team win and that’s it,” Ginobili said. “I knew with me starting, I had the possibility to play more minutes. So I knew I had to be ready for that.”

He did all that and much more as he added six rebounds, a team-high seven assists and two steals.

Here’s a look at Ginobili’s top playoff scoring games.

Date                Opponent                   Pts.                Result

5-17-05         Seattle                          39                W  103-90                     *

6-4-12           Oklahoma City            34                 L   103-108                   *

4-27-11         Memphis                      33                 W  110-103 (OT)         *

5-18-07        Phoenix                         33                W   114-106 

4-25-06       Sacramento                  32                 W   128-119 (OT)         *

4-30-05       @ Denver                      32                 W     86-78

5-8-08          New Orleans                31                  W   110-99                   *

5-25-08        L.A. Lakers                  30                  W  103-84       

5-19-06        @ Dallas                       30                  W     91-86                   *

* – Indicates games where Ginobili started

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