Spurs roll over Rockets to advance with game 6 win

Paola Ditto
Mag 13, 2017

Aldridge, who is in his 11th season and second in San Antonio, had failed to get out of the second round in his previous six postseason trips.

Harden, an Adidas athlete, had a forgettable game in the 114-75 throttling of his Houston Rockets by the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Even Spurs boss Gregg Popovich was speechless on Houston's blowout loss. "We have to communicate even better and be more ideal because it doesn't get any easier". Standing in their way is a playoff-tested San Antonio team, albeit one that is without injured point guard Tony Parker and now has a banged-up Kawhi Leonard. I mean, he's had a historic year, and you can't just say, 'OK, one game ...' and all of the sudden, social media goes insane. I can save his legs a little bit and have more confidence [in other ball handlers].

But they won't have much time to celebrate with a series against the well-rested Golden State Warriors starting on Sunday.

"We let one slip away", Harden said.

"It falls on my shoulders". "I take responsibility for it. When we win he gets the praise, when we lose he obviously gets the blame most of the time, so it's tough, it's unfair, but he's a strong guy, obviously he knows that". "It happened, now we move forward". "It is going to hurt and linger", said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.

"It could, "he said". Sometimes life hits you in the face. The Rockets just looked exhausted tonight.

Jonathon Simmons filled in nicely for Leonard, scoring 18 points and hounding the Rockets on defense. The Spurs improved to 16-3 when taking a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series. San Antonio held a 61-42 half-time advantage as Harden had just five points to go with five turnovers and three fouls. He went 3 for 3 on these shots against Utah in Game 4, all of them three-point attempts off passes from Curry out of the double-team.

The Spurs shot 53.1 percent (51/96) overall and 22.7 percent (5/22) from beyond the arc. He scored 11 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out five assists, while adding two steals and a block.

Rockets: Ariza received a technical in the third for the scuffle with Ariza. Clint Capela finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. "They played well at the offensive end with a lot of sense and defensively it was one of our best nights".

Game 6 is Friday night in Washington, where the Wizards easily won their two games. Nene averaged 17.9 minutes a game in the team's first nine playoff games, and at 6-foot-11 and 250-pounds he was a strong inside presence to help deal with Pau Gasol and Aldridge. You have encouraged us in our mission - to provide quality news and watchdog journalism.

"Kawhi is a great player, but we have guys that are ready to play and the organization works these guys out every day", Aldridge said.

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