NBA Star Nabs Flying Bat With Bare Hands During Game

San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili bare-hands a Halloween visitor

By Caitlin Millat
|  Saturday, Oct 31, 2009  |  Updated 11:00 PM PDT
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The San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings got a Halloween surprise Saturday evening when a black bat flew onto the court during their late-night match-up -- but Spurs player Manu Ginobili took care of the visitor with his bare hands.

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The San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings got a Halloween surprise Saturday evening when a black bat flew onto the court during their late-night match-up -- but Spurs player Manu Ginobili took care of the visitor with his bare hands.

A bat swooped into the AT&T Center in the first quarter, then returned as play continued between the Spurs and Kings on the court. Ginobili swatted the bat out of the air with his bare hands, then picked it up and carried it off the court.

"That was amazing," Spurs teammate Tony Parker said after Ginobili's show. "The legend continues with Manu. Unbelievable...he's always doing crazy stuff."

Both Sacramento and San Antonio players and fans cheered as Ginobili carried the bat to the sidelines. The crowd burst into applause as the theme song to "Batman" played, celebrating Ginobili's quick hands.

"When you can't dunk anymore, you have to find a way to make it into the news," Ginobili said.

"So that's what I did. I grabbed a bat. I didn't think it was a big deal," he said.

The Spurs topped the Kings 113-94.

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