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Tim Duncan hangs with kids at halftime, Manu Ginobili's twins hit court after Father's Day win

Dan Devine
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Families across America celebrated Father's Day on Sunday, and even though they were a little bit busy with an NBA Finals game, San Antonio Spurs stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili found ways to squeeze in a little bit of quality time and fun in the midst of a night at the office.

After a fantastic final-second layup by Tony Parker to close out the second quarter and send the Spurs into intermission with a 61-52 lead over the visiting Miami Heat in Sunday's pivotal Game 5, ABC's cameras found Duncan choosing to take a moment away from any halftime talk about adjustments and coverages to grab a seat out in the hallway and hang with his children, daughter Sydney and son Draven, whom you might remember from his refusal to give Dad a goodbye kiss during last year's Western Conference finals:

Nothing like taking the premise of a recent Onion story and putting it into real-life practice. (Thanks for the head's up, Daniel Dale.)

This was actually the second TV appearance of the evening for the young masked Duncan. Just after Spurs sharpshooter Danny Green (who'd later set an NBA Finals record for 3-pointers made in a series) finished his halftime interview with sideline reporter Doris Burke, the red-hot shooting guard ran off the court and back toward the locker room — only to come very close to clocking an unaware Draven:

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The child-avoiding spin was just one of many smooth moves Green made en route to another huge night that saw him score 24 points and make 6 of 10 3-pointers.

The star of the evening, though, was Ginobili, who responded to criticism of his poor early-series play with his best game in months in his first start of the season — 24 points on 8 for 14 shooting to go with 10 assists against just three turnovers in 33 minutes of brilliant shotmaking, sharp passing and grand-stage bell-answering in a 114-104 Game 5 win that brings the Spurs within one win of the fifth title of the Duncan-Gregg Popovich era.

And after Manu had spent the evening running roughshod over the Heat all over his longtime home floor, his twin sons, Dante and Nicola, followed suit, running unshod on the court in their pajamas to celebrate the win:

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Pretty great. (Photo via @danmccarneysaen)

One-hundred percent adorable, pretty safe so long as neither mini-Manu tries to dunk, and definitely an amazing way to cap a pretty amazing Father's Day for Manu, Timmy and the rest of the Spurs.

 

Top video via @cjzero. Vine via Pablo Torre. Bottom photo via Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News.

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