Manu Ginobili on Fans Chanting His Name: 'I Needed It'

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 16:  Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs goes up for a shot against Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat in the second half during Game Five of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 16, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by John G. Mabanglo/Pool/Getty Images)
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Manu Ginobili's most productive performance of the postseason came at the best possible time for the San Antonio Spurs, and the hometown fans made sure to shower him with love during their 114-104 Game 5 win over the Miami Heat.

With 24 points and 10 assists, Ginobili was able to take charge in the middle of the game and lead his team on a big run, putting San Antonio just out of the reach of Miami, who made a rally late in the final minutes.

Following a little one-hander to finish a masterful third quarter (nine points, three assists), San Antonio's crowd absolutely exploded as the fan-favorite was putting on a show in what could end up being his final game at the AT&T Center.

End of 3: Spurs 87, Heat 75. The people of San Antonio are chanting "Manu, Manu, Manu."

— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) June 17, 2013

San Antonio was so happy to see their adopted son playing well that it's easy to forget Tony Parker's 26-point night, or even Danny Green's record-breaking three-point shooting.

Manu was obviously elated, not only happy that he finally put together a solid game for his team, but gracious toward the crowd for giving him a boost.

Manu on fans chanting his name: “I needed it. I was having a tough time scoring, and I needed to feel like the game was coming to me.”

— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) June 17, 2013

While Manu made his rounds and did interviews with a few people on the court following the game, his kids were busy practicing their Euro-stepping and maybe a bit of flopping, giving everybody and Dad something to smile about.

The ginobili twins are raising hell

— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) June 17, 2013

Something tells me it was a happy Father's Day in the Ginobili household.