Spurs overcome Leonard injury, Harden to beat Rockets in OT

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12 May, 2017

Leonard said his ankle was the injury that sidelined him. But nothing to worry about - Danny Green and Ginobili made up for it. He had a chance at a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of OT, but was blocked from behind by Manu Ginobili.

"We let him play a little while just to see what it would be like", Popovich said after the game. I guess that's where all the passion comes out, at those moments. It seemed like he was being held or he was unaware if the ball was coming to him.

"I don't feel like I had a huge game", he said. "But I was happy seeing my teammates out there putting in a good effort and getting the win", said Leonard, via ESPN.

The series returns to Houston for Game 6 on Friday.

With just eight seconds to go Mills made a key defensive play by knocking the ball out of Rockets' forward Eric Gordon's hands and then leaping on the loose ball to force a jump ball.

After that game against the Grizzlies, Mills was the one who said the venerable Ginobili knows how to bring the "grandpa juice", whatever that is.

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Harden was whistled for a charge after dribbling all but a few seconds off the shot clock before driving to the basket on Jonathon Simmons.

Leonard suffered the injury when he came down on the foot of Houston's James Harden while turning to run up the court. "He won Final's MVP by locking down - I shouldn't say locking down LeBron - but he outplayed LeBron James in the Finals series a couple years ago and he's only gotten better since then". "Two All-Stars and even Pau (Gasol), who is 7-foot-something". So I just think having him vs. Durant will be interesting in a playoff battle, they had one past year that was really interesting. However, he was unable to play a second in the five-minute overtime period. The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Conference Semifinals games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall.

Manu Ginobili helped the San Antonio Spurs win game 5 of the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs against the Houston Rockets. "We really hustled down the stretch and made some good plays". Check the scoreboard above and click on the stats link. The Houston Rockets missed it. The aging Spurs are far more methodical, and thrive on the flawless execution of simple offensive and defensive principles. Averaging less than four points per contest on below 30 percent shooting for the playoffs wasn't going to get it done.

Leonard, though, spoke like he's certain to play in what he said would be a tough close-out bid against the Rockets in their home floor.

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. "So I think everybody else picked it up very well". Without Nene, who was lost two minutes into Game 4, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni opted for a seven-man rotation.


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