If the Rockets win Thursday, Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday in San Antonio, with the Golden State Warriors waiting in the wings and resting for the Western Conference finals.
The second period saw the Spurs step up the defensive pressure and push even further ahead of the Rockets. The contest was a complete annihilation of the Rockets by the Spurs.
The Spurs were far from ideal in their execution down the stretch, but last night they didn't have to be. But nothing to worry about - Danny Green and Ginobili made up for it. "He was a stud", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. As a team, the Rockets shot 44 percent from the field and 16 of 48 from the three-point line, but in the final five minutes of regulation and overtime, the Rockets leaned heavily on Harden who had just four points with four turnovers. But he seemed to run out of gas in an overtime where he was held scoreless, and had a 3-pointer which could have tied the game blocked by 39-year-old Manu Ginobili just before the buzzer.
So far in the series against the Rockets, Leonard is averaging 23.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, while playing almost 36 minutes per night.
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Jonathon Simmons will start in his place Thursday night. The Spurs' big men only managed 2-for-5 shooting in the opening three minutes, leading San Antonio to abandon the strategy midway through the first quarter and sub Simmons for Gasol. He had a left ankle and knee injuries.
Well, we finally got a decent game last night, for the first time in what feels like forever. "We still have an opportunity in Game 6 to go home and protect home court and bring it back for Game 7".
San Antonio began the game without guards Tony Parker and All-star Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs should finish the Rockets in game 6 in Houston, but that depends on what attitude they have when they are in Houston.
Houston led 99-94 with 2:33 remaining but the Spurs roared back to tie the game at 99 at the 1:37 mark on a layup by LaMarcus Aldridge after a Patty Mills 3-pointer.