Spurs overcome Leonard injury, Harden to beat Rockets in OT

Houston has already managed to beat San Antonio twice this series, and the Spurs seem to have little answer for the Rockets when they are on fire from behind the arc.

Spurs' Patty Mills (08) closely defends Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza (01) in Game 3 at the Toyota Center on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Spurs at Rockets, Spurs lead series 3-2. Harden was brilliant through most of Tuesday's game, finishing with a triple-double - 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Ginobili capped his splendid performance with a block on Harden's 3-point shot at the buzzer. "It was frustrating because I wanted to play". They play great at home. His defining moment though, came in the waning moments of regulation. "The diving on loose balls, coming up with whatever it may be, you're throwing your body on the line in those situations".

The 25-year-old Leonard still led the Spurs with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Leonard, one of the leading candidates to win the NBA MVP award, sat out much of the fourth quarter on Tuesday and didn't step onto the court during the overtime period.

Leonard insists that he will play on Thursday, but he found himself on the bench down the stretch of Game 5 as he was unable to play at peak effectiveness in a tight game. "But I was happy seeing my teammates out there putting in a good effort and getting the win", said Leonard, via ESPN.

Leonard was walking without a noticeable limp after Tuesday's game, though he struggled to put weight on his ankle shortly after the injury. After Anderson answered, giving his team the lead 107-106, Green came back for an three-point play on Harden with just 30 seconds to go. "We weren't going to lose the game being on our heels". As the two teams battled in overtime on May 9, the Spurs were up 110-107.

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Capela had three blocks in the game, while Harden helped hold Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge to a combined 15 for 41 shooting (36.6 percent). "We got caught in the middle trying to find guys and not really locking them up tonight". "Two All-Stars and even Pau (Gasol), who is 7-foot-something".

"This is the most important game of the season for us", Mills said.

Spurs' Patty Mills (08) scores against Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza (01) and Eric Gordon (10) at the Toyota Center on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Rockets: Houston has lost four straight best-of-seven series when it was tied 2-2.

Due to the Rockets and Spurs losing significant pieces, the Warriors are most likely going to advance to the finals.

Often the pivotal game in a best-of-seven series, maybe it's the one to bring out the best in both teams at the same time. Beverley drained a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, prompting San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich to scream and point at official Derrick Stafford. Ginobili, meanwhile, hadn't blocked a three-point attempt in over a year, and he hadn't blocked a three-point attempt in the postseason for five years.

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