Spurs' Ginobili Wins NBA's Sixth Man Award

San Antonio supersub beats out Barbosa after leading team in scoring
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 21, 2008 10:50 PM CDT
Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O'Neal, right, talks with teammate Leandro Barbosa (10), of Brazil.   (AP Photo/Matt York)
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(Newser) – San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili—good enough to be a starter on about any team—won the NBA's sixth man award given to the league's best reserve on Monday. Ginobili led the Spurs in scoring, averaging a career-high 19.5 points to go with 4.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

Ginobili came off the bench in 51 of the 74 games he played this season. "I really don't care about coming from the bench if that helps the team to win a championship," Ginobili said. The Spurs have a 1-0 lead over the Phoenix Suns in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series. Last year's winner Suns guard Leandro Barbosa came in second.