June 17, 2013 / 2:08 AM / 5 years ago

Green powers Spurs to 61-52 halftime lead over Heat

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Danny Green and Tim Duncan each had 13 points as the San Antonio Spurs took a 61-52 halftime lead over the Miami Heat in Sunday’s Game Five of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals.

San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green (R), Tim Duncan (C) and Cory Joseph celebrate during a timeout in second quarter play against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio, Texas, June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Green was 3-of-4 from behind the arc, including one midway through the second quarter that gave hosts San Antonio a 17-point lead over defending champions Miami.

LeBron James, who finished the first half with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting, had nine of Miami’s 13 points during a four-minute stretch late in the half that pulled the Heat to within five.

Game Six of the best-of-seven championship series, which is tied at 2-2, is on Tuesday in Miami.

Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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