This Slate article says everything about Robert Horry that I’ve been saying for years: he’s one of the most overrated players in the game today, a mediocre-at-best power forward who skulks around out of position on the perimeter like a vulture, looking for broken plays on which he can swoop in and steal some glory with a lucky shot. Needless to say, I’m not looking forward to all the stories that are going to show up tomorrow, praising his grit or determination or clutchness or whatever. That said, Game 5 of the NBA Finals was far and away the biggest, best game of Robert Horry’s long playoff career: he scored 21 points and sank the winning 3-point shot in overtime to give the Spurs a 96-95 win and a 3-2 series lead over the Pistons.

Tim Duncan is a riddle: with anyone else, 26 points and 19 rebounds is a pretty darn good game, but the look on Duncan’s normally blank face tonight was one of sheer terror as he clanged free throw after free throw and even let a couple of passes slip by him. In spite of that, he carried his team for the first three quarters of the game, getting the ball on the blocks and forcing things to happen even when shots weren’t falling.

The starting backcourts for the Pistons and Spurs had kind of fought each other to a stalemate in the last couple of games, but Chauncey Billups came up big tonight, scoring 34 points and forcing the Spurs to finally switch Bruce Bowen onto him so that poor little Tony Parker could stop getting abused on post-ups. Manu Ginobili, so flashy all year, has also had trouble producing in Detroit, as he and Parker have both had trouble penetrating Detroit’s big, nasty all-Wallace (and a little McDyess) front line.

So the series heads back to San Antonio for the last two games, with the Spurs gaining some momentum on their way home. The Pistons aren’t the kind of team to roll over and die, though, so expect some tough, grinding basketball to be played in the next few days. I mean that in a good way, of course.